named-xfer -- ancillary agent for inbound zone transfers


named-xfer -z zone_to_transfer -f db_file -s serial_no [-d debuglevel]
[-l debug_log_file] [-i ixfr_file] [-t trace_file] [-p port]
[-S] nameserver [axfr] | [ixfr] ...


named-xfer is an ancillary program executed by named(ADMN) to perform an inbound zone transfer. It is rarely executed directly, and then only by system administrators who are trying to debug a zone transfer problem. See RFCs 1033, 1034, and 1035 for more information on the Internet Domain Name System (DNS).

Options are:

-z zone_to_transfer
Specifies the name of the zone to be transferred.

-f db_file
Specifies the name of the file, db_file, into which the zone should be dumped when it is received from the primary server.

-s serial_no
Specifies the serial number of our current copy of this zone. If the SOA RR we get from the primary server does not have a serial number higher than this, the transfer will be aborted.

-d debuglevel
Print debugging information. The debuglevel is a number that determines the level of messages printed.

-l debug_log_file
Specifies a log file for debugging messages. The default is system-dependent but is usually in /var/tmp or /usr/tmp. Note that this only applies if -d is also specified.

-i ixfr_file
Specifies the name of the ixfr_file into which the zone changes from Incremental Zone Transfer (IXFR) should be dumped when it is received from the primary server.

-t trace_file
Specifies a trace_file which will contain a protocol trace of the zone transfer. This is probably only of interest to people debugging the name server itself.

-p port
Use a different port number. The default is the standard port number as returned by getservbyname(SLIB) for the service domain.

Perform a restricted transfer of only the SOA, NS records and glue A records for the zone. The SOA record will not be loaded by named(ADMN) but will be used to determine when to verify the NS records. See the stubs directive in named for more information.

Additional arguments are taken as name server addresses in ``dotted-quad'' syntax only; no hostnames are allowed here. At least one address must be specified. Any additional addresses will be tried, in order, if the first one fails to transfer to us successfully. The axfr or ixfr after name server address designates the type of zone transfer to perform. Use axfr for a full zone transfer or ixfr for an incremental zone transfer.

See also

hostname(ADMN), named(ADMN), resolver(SFF), resolver(SLIB)

``Configuring the Domain Name Service'' in the Networking Guide

RFC 882, RFC 883, RFC 973, RFC 974, RFC 1033, RFC 1034, RFC 1035, RFC 1123, RFC 1995

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