Installing MyDNS-NG & MyDNSConfig On Debian Squeeze

This tutorial is an updated copy from Installing MyDNS-NG & MyDNSConfig 3 On Debian Lenny tutorial.

This tutorial will describe how to install and configure MyDNS-NG and MyDNSConfig 3 on Debian Squeeze. MyDNS-NG (based on MyDNS originally writen by Don Moore - is a DNS server that uses a MySQL database as backend instead of configuration files. The advantage is that MyDNS simply reads the records from the database, and it does not have to be restarted/reloaded when DNS records change or zones are created/edited/deleted. A secondary nameserver can be easily set up by installing a second instance of MyDNS that accesses the same database or, to be more redundant, uses the MySQL master / slave replication features to replicate the data to the secondary nameserver.

MyDNSConfig is an easy to use web-based interface to MyDNS-NG. MyDNSConfig can create all types of DNS records that are available in MyDNS and adds features like user management and access privileges.

I do not issue any guarantee that this will work for you!


1 Preliminary Note

In this tutorial I use the hostname with the IP address These settings might differ for you, so you have to replace them where appropriate.


2 Installing MySQL

We can install MySQL as follows:

aptitude install mysql-client mysql-server

You will be asked the following questions:

New password for the MySQL "root" user: <-- yourrootsqlpassword
Repeat password for the MySQL "root" user: <-- yourrootsqlpassword


3 Installing Apache2, PHP, phpMyAdmin

MyDNSConfig needs a web server with PHP support; therefore I install Apache2. I also install phpMyAdmin so that I can access the database later on over a web interface (although this is optional):

aptitude install apache2 apache2-mpm-prefork imagemagick mcrypt php5 php-auth php5-gd php5-imagick php5-imap php5-mcrypt php5-mysql php-pear phpmyadmin vlogger

You will see the following question:

Web server to reconfigure automatically: <-- apache2

Then run the following command to enable the Apache modules suexec, rewrite, ssl, actions, and include:

a2enmod suexec rewrite ssl actions include

Restart Apache afterwards:

/etc/init.d/apache2 restart

You can now access phpMyAdmin under or


4 Installing MyDNS

Before we install MyDNS, we need to install a few prerequisites:

aptitude install build-essential libmysqlclient-dev

MyDNS is not available in the Debian Squeeze repositories, therefore we have to build it ourselves as follows:

cd /tmp
tar xfz mydns-
cd mydns-
make install

Next we create the start/stop script for MyDNS:

vi /etc/init.d/mydns

#! /bin/sh
# mydns Start the MyDNS server
# Author: Philipp Kern <[email protected]>.
# Based upon skeleton 1.9.4 by Miquel van Smoorenburg
# <[email protected]> and Ian Murdock <[email protected]>.

set -e

DESC="DNS server"


# Gracefully exit if the package has been removed.
test -x $DAEMON || exit 0

case "$1" in
echo -n "Starting $DESC: $NAME"
start-stop-daemon --start --quiet \
--exec $DAEMON -- -b
echo "."
echo -n "Stopping $DESC: $NAME"
start-stop-daemon --stop --oknodo --quiet \
--exec $DAEMON
echo "."
echo -n "Reloading $DESC configuration..."
start-stop-daemon --stop --signal HUP --quiet \
--exec $DAEMON
echo "done."
echo -n "Restarting $DESC: $NAME"
start-stop-daemon --stop --quiet --oknodo \
--exec $DAEMON
sleep 1
start-stop-daemon --start --quiet \
--exec $DAEMON -- -b
echo "."
echo "Usage: $SCRIPTNAME {start|stop|restart|reload|force-reload}" >&2
exit 1

exit 0

Then we make the script executable and create the system startup links for it:

chmod +x /etc/init.d/mydns
update-rc.d mydns defaults

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From: cimnine at: 2011-02-21 17:20:02

I've updated the init script to support the new dependency boot introduced with debian squeeze.

 You find it here: (and if the server does not answer, the script probably did not work ;) )

 Cheers, Chris

From: at: 2011-12-07 14:48:13

This indeed fixes all crap of mydns trying to start before mysql. As you mentioned :

# Provides:          mydns
# Required-Start:    $local_fs $network $syslog
# Required-Stop:     $local_fs $network $syslog
# Should-Start:	     mysql
# Should-Stop:       mysql
# Default-Start:     2 3 4 5
# Default-Stop:      0 1 6
# Short-Description: start and stop MyDNS
# Description:       MyDNS is a DNS Daemon using an SQL database as backend.
This fixes all the hassle of mydns trying to start before mysql. Thanks for sharing.