Remove Logging of lame server from BIND

Remove the annoying lame server message from BIND that appears on a daily basis in /var/log/messages.

Lame server
A lame server is when the NS record for a domain specifies a server that is not authoritative for the domain. For example, the NS record for may list as one of its nameserver; however, if you actually query, the nameserver does not answer as an authoritative server.

Turning off logging of lame server
Add the following lines to your /etc/named.conf:
logging {
category lame-servers { null; };

This just prevents you from seeing the messages. You can also configure your BIND so that it only answers for domains that it is the authoritative server for by adding the following lines to your /etc/named.conf

acl localip {; aaa.bbb.ccc.ddd; };
// replace aaa.bbb.ccc.ddd with your server’s IP address. if you have multiple IP addresses, you should add them all, separated by semi-colons

options {
allow-transfer {
allow-recursion {

Once you are done making modifications, restart named and your lame server messages should go away!


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