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Local DNS lookup fails with "journal rollforward failed: journal out of sync with zone"

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 Service Pack 1
named 9.6


Resolving a local domain name to an IP address fails with:

Address:      name =

** server can't find SERVFAIL

In /var/log/messages the following errors can be observed:

Oct 28 15:41:13 kl1 named[17558]: zone localhost/IN: loaded serial 42
Oct 28 15:41:13 kl1 named[17558]: zone journal rollforward failed: journal out of sync with zone
Oct 28 15:41:13 kl1 named[17558]: zone not loaded due to errors.
Oct 28 15:41:13 kl1 named[17558]: running

Resolving any public resource works as expected.


This issue may get experienced if the binary zone journal gets corrupted. To solve this issue:
  • rcnamed stop
  • locate and delete the *jnl files for the corresponding zone files in /var/lib/named or its subdirectories
  • rcnamed start

Additional Information

For detailed information on the purpose of the journal file please see the named manual


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  • Document ID:7009661
  • Creation Date: 28-Oct-2011
  • Modified Date:03-Mar-2020
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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