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This is a very interesting bug and I do not know why
zoneserveracts this way. I can tell you this much:
zoneserveralso is the only service I can not start up in a podman (CentOS 8’s Docker clone); when I try to start up zoneserver in a Podman container, I get a “fork error”.
Zoneserver uses the
fork()model to handle incoming connections. When an incoming connecting comes in via TCP, Zoneserver forks a sub-process to handle the DNS-over-TCP connection. While this is not particularly efficient, it allowed me to fairly quickly get the “has support for TCP” checkbox checked when I was trying to get a fully functional basic DNS server out the door as quickly as possible back when Bind was the only open source DNS server and the Internet community felt having that kind of monoculture was not healthy.
I have not gotten to the bottom of zoneserver’s issue with systemd or with Podman. I also know that newer versions of Dig have issues with the form of DNS-over-TCP packets sent by MaraDNS (and, I believe, zoneserver), so DNS-over-TCP has been relegated to the back burner: DNS is perfectly usable over just UDP, and DNS-over-TCP just really isn’t used except for zone transfers.
Here is MaraDNS’s zoneserver system start up script:
The entire system for starting up MaraDNS daemons was set up back in the days when System V Init was the standard way to starting up services, long before
systemdwas even a glint in Lennart Poettering and Kay Sievers’s eyes.
That in mind, I’m not surprised that some of MaraDNS has a hard time starting up with systemd.
The standard way to start up all MaraDNS services is to use the
Duendedaemonizer to make the service in question a daemon. For example, from a fresh compile of MaraDNS, in the
tcpdirectory where zoneserver is compiled:
duende zoneserver -f ../doc/en/examples/example_mararc
So, I think the issue is that, here in 2020, we need to look in to getting things to work with systemd. At which point I am going to give you a rant:
There are a number of different distributions of Linux out there, and they each have their own way of starting up and managing processes. Things got so messy, DJB gave up and created his own daemonizer and setup for starting and starting Qmail and DJBdns so that things would be consistent distribution to distribution.
I won’t go that far, but I’m using CentOS 8 across the board here so if I go the route of getting everything to work with systemd, everything will work with CentOS 8’s version of systemd. Things may or may not work with Ubuntu or Debian.
In the meantime, just add
duendeto the command line given to systemd so that Zoneserver is a sub-process of
duendewas not there at first and there was a time Zoneserver was just a background job in Bash).