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Manual Reference Pages  -  NSD (8)


nsd - Name Server Daemon (NSD) version 3.2.21.



nsd [-4] [-6] [-a ip-address[@port]] [-c configfile] [-d] [-f database] [-h] [-i identity] [-I nsid] [-l logfile] [-N server-count] [-n noncurrent-tcp-count] [-P pidfile] [-p port] [-s seconds] [-t chrootdir] [-u username] [-V level] [-v]


NSD is a complete implementation of an authoritative DNS nameserver. Upon startup, NSD will read the database specified with -f database argument and put itself into background and answers queries on port 53 or a different port specified with -p port option. The database must be generated beforehand with zonec(8). By default, NSD will bind to all local interfaces available. Use the -a ip-address[@port] option to specify a single particular interface address to be bound. If this option is given more than once, NSD will bind its UDP and TCP sockets to all the specified ip-addresses separately. If IPv6 is enabled when NSD is compiled an IPv6 address can also be specified.


All the options can be specified in the configfile ( -c argument), except for the -v and -h options. If options are specified on the commandline, the options on the commandline take precedence over the options in the configfile.

Normally NSD should be started with the ‘nsdc(8) start‘ command invoked from a /etc/rc.d/ script or similar at the operating system startup.
-4 Only listen to IPv4 connections.
-6 Only listen to IPv6 connections.
-a ip-address[@port]
  Listen to the specified ip-address. The ip-address must be specified in numeric format (using the standard IPv4 or IPv6 notation). Optionally, a port number can be given. This flag can be specified multiple times to listen to multiple IP addresses. If this flag is not specified, NSD listens to the wildcard interface.
-c configfile
  Read specified configfile instead of the default /usr/local/etc/nsd/nsd.conf. For format description see nsd.conf(5).
-d Turn on debugging mode, do not fork, stay in the foreground.
-f database
  Use the specified database instead of the default of /var/db/nsd/nsd.db. If a zonesdir: is specified in the config file this path can be relative to that directory.
-h Print help information and exit.
-i identity
  Return the specified identity when asked for CH TXT ID.SERVER (This option is used to determine which server is answering the queries when they are anycast). The default is the name returned by gethostname(3).
-I nsid Add the specified nsid to the EDNS section of the answer when queried with an NSID EDNS enabled packet. As a sequence of hex characters or with ascii_ prefix and then an ascii string.
-l logfile
  Log messages to the specified logfile. The default is to log to stderr and syslog. If a zonesdir: is specified in the config file this path can be relative to that directory.
-N count Start count NSD servers. The default is 1. Starting more than a single server is only useful on machines with multiple CPUs and/or network adapters.
-n number
  The maximum number of concurrent TCP connection that can be handled by each server. The default is 10.
-P pidfile
  Use the specified pidfile instead of the platform specific default, which is mostly /var/run/nsd/ If a zonesdir: is specified in the config file, this path can be relative to that directory.
-p port Answer the queries on the specified port. Normally this is port 53.
-s seconds
  Produce statistics dump every seconds seconds. This is equal to sending SIGUSR1 to the daemon periodically.
-t chroot
  Specifies a directory to chroot to upon startup. This option requires you to ensure that appropriate syslogd(8) socket (e.g. chrootdir /dev/log) is available, otherwise NSD won’t produce any log output.
-u username
  Drop user and group privileges to those of username after binding the socket. The username must be one of: username, id, or id.gid. For example: nsd, 80, or 80.80.
-V level This value specifies the verbosity level for (non-debug) logging. Default is 0.
-v Print the version number of NSD to standard error and exit.
NSD reacts to the following signals:
  Stop answering queries, shutdown, and exit normally.
SIGHUP Reload the database.
  Dump BIND8-style statistics into the log. Ignored otherwise.


  default NSD database
  the process id of the name server.
  default NSD configuration file


will log all the problems via the standard syslog(8) daemon facility, unless the -d option is specified.


nsdc(8), nsd.conf(5), nsd-checkconf(8), nsd-notify(8), nsd-patch(8), nsd-xfer(8), zonec(8)


NSD was written by NLnet Labs and RIPE NCC joint team. Please see CREDITS file in the distribution for further details.


NSD will answer the queries erroneously if the database was not properly compiled with zonec(8). Therefore problems with misconfigured master zone files or zonec(8) bugs may not be visible until the queries are actually answered with NSD.

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