Problem: New DNS entries are not found on backup or slave servers


New DNS entries are not found on backup or slave servers.


  • Many DNS or large zones (approx above 50) configured.
  • UCR-variable set to “dns/backend=ldap
  • UCS replication is fine:
root@ucs:/usr/lib/nagios/plugins# ./check_univention_replication 
OK: replication complete (nid=2868 lid=2868)
  • "dig reports an error “SERVFAIL”:
# dig @localhost ucs.multi.ucs 

; <<>> DiG 9.3.6-P1-RedHat-9.3.6-4.P1.el5_5.3 <<>> @localhost ucs.multi.ucs 
;; global options:  printcmd
;; Got answer:
;; ->>HEADER<<- opcode: QUERY, status: SERVFAIL, id: 26216
;; flags: qr rd ra; QUERY: 1, ANSWER: 0, AUTHORITY: 0, ADDITIONAL: 0

ucs.multi.ucs.             IN      A

;; Query time: 219 msec
;; SERVER: localhost#53(
;; WHEN: Mon Apr 25 10:05:15 2011
;; MSG SIZE  rcvd: 35


This is a bug which monitors starting times of a service and tries to restart the service in case of timeout. Please update your systems as soon the update has been released.

As long as it is not fixed you might edit (at your own risk!) the related file/usr/lib/univention-bind/ldap and replace the 30 second timeout with a higher value (i.e. 120):
/usr/bin/timeout 30 /bin/sh -c \
/usr/bin/timeout 120 /bin/sh -c \

Additional note: This might happen when using samba4 as backend, too. To fix (at your own risk) change the timeout line as shown above in the files samba4, too.