bind >> Standard query response, Server failure?

by Jiann-Ming Su » Mon, 11 Feb 2008 22:20:54 GMT

Running 9.2.2 on several old RedHat 7.3 systems. Some users were
noticing slow responses from one particular nameserver. When I trace
the traffic, I see "Server failure" in response to a "query A." What
level of debugging can I run to collect more info? And, what would
cause such an error? The other nameservers don't see to have this
same problem. Thanks for any tips.

Jiann-Ming Su
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bind >> Standard query response, Server failure?

by Adam Tkac » Mon, 11 Feb 2008 23:14:43 GMT

This is pretty ancient version of RH and also of bind. I recommend you
update to supported OS or update bind to some current release. This
problem should be solved.


Adam Tkac, Red Hat, Inc.

bind >> Standard query response, Server failure?

by Kevin Darcy » Tue, 12 Feb 2008 10:39:52 GMT


How many different possible causes are there for any given SERVFAIL

And how many of those causes are related to BIND and/or OS version?

(Note to original poster: you need to provide more information about
your configuration, your architecture, etc. if you expect anything more
than Help Desk-type canned responses).

- Kevin

bind >> Standard query response, Server failure?

by Mark Andrews » Tue, 12 Feb 2008 11:20:58 GMT

SERVFAIL is the catch-all error.


BIND 9.2.2 is way past its "use by date". Upgrading will
remove a number of potential SERVFAIL causes.

Mark Andrews, ISC
1 Seymour St., Dundas Valley, NSW 2117, Australia

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