Provided by: nsd_2.3.3-1_i386
zonec - NSD Zone Compiler version 2.3.3.
zonec [-v] [-h] [-L] [-F] [-d directory] [-o origin] [-f database]
Zonec is the nsd(8) database compiler for creating name space databases
from a set of input master zone files specified in nsd.zones file.
It is normally invoked via nsdc(8) rebuild command. Zonec will then
parse every zone in nsd.zones file and add it to the name space database,
/etc/nsd/nsd.db by default, that is used by nsd(8) to answer incoming
If nsd.zones file equals ‘-‘ then all zone information is read from
stdin. Making constructs like:
cat zones* | ./zonec -f nsd.db -o example.net -
The available options are:
Change the working directory to directory before doing any work.
Create the specified database instead of the default
When reading from stdin use this as the first origin. When
reading zone from nsd.zones this option is ignored.
-v Increase the verbosity of zonec. This flag can be specified
multiple times to increase the level of verbosity. The first
level of verbosity will print per zone summary information. The
second level of will print progress information for each 10,000
-F Set debug facilities. (If compiled with --enable-checking.)
-L Set debug level. (If compiled with --enable-checking.)
The nsd.zones file is formatted as follows:
zone <zonename> <filename> [masters <IP>|<IP>|...]
zone <zonename> <filename> [notify <IP>|<IP>|...]
The first word on a line must be ‘‘zone’’. It indicates that the zone
should be loaded as authoritative data.
The second word is the name (origin) of the zone and the third word is
the pathname to the master zone file. If you use zonec with the -d option
the pathname may be relative to the NSD zones directory.
Optionally masters list-of-ip-addresses can be present to update the
respective zone with axfr from the given master servers. These servers
will be tried in order. This option is ignored by zonec and is only
relevant for nsdc update.
Optionally a list-of-ip-addresses of server that must be notified when
can be present. This option is ignored by zonec and is only relevant for
A typical example would be:
zone example.com primary/example.com
zone example.net secondary/example.net masters 10.1.1.1
The second line indicates that nsdc update should try to axfr the zone
example.net from the master server 10.1.1.1
Since NSD is primarily written to be run on the root name servers, this
file most likely to contain something like:
zone . root.zone
default NSD database
zonec will log all the problems via the standard error output and
progress via stdout if -v option is specified.
nsd(8), nsd-notify(8), nsd-xfer(8), nsdc(8)
NSD was written by NLnet Labs and RIPE NCC joint team. Please see CREDITS
file in the distribution for further details.
Zonec has rather weak error diagnostics that will change in further
versions. Zonec expects the input files to be free of syntax errors and
very little fool proof checks are done.