The named.conf file is used to configure the BIND name server daemon. The file defines the named operational environment, and points to the sources of DNS database information. For BIND 8, the file is composed of eight basic configuration statements: acl, options, logging, zone, server, key, trusted-keys, and controls. BIND 9 uses the same eight statements and adds a ninth— the view statement. In addition to these configuration commands, an include statement can be used with both BIND 8 and BIND 9. include causes an external file to be loaded into the named.conf file. The external file can contain any or all of the basic configuration statements.
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