Article ID: 120843, created on Apr 2, 2014, last review on May 7, 2014

  • Applies to:
  • Plesk Automation 11.1


  1. Named failed to start

  2. In /var/log/messages, you may see the following error:

    named[17639]: couldn't open pid file '/var/run/named/': No such file or directory
    named[17639]: exiting (due to early fatal error)


  1. Wrong permissions for /var/run/named or /var/named/run-root/var/run/named if named is running in chrooted environment.

  2. Directory /var/named/run-root/var/run/named is absent


  1. Make sure that directory /var/named/run-root/var/run/named exists. If it is not so, please create it with permissions as below:

    [root@dns2 ~]# mkdir /var/named/run-root/var/run/named
    [root@dns2 ~]# chmod 755 /var/named/run-root/var/run/named
    [root@dns2 ~]# chown named:root /var/named/run-root/var/run/named
  2. Start Named Service:

    /etc/init.d/named start

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