I upgraded my system to Ubuntu 10.10 today and was surprised to find out that bind refused to start.
After a bit of investigation (without internet access because I decided not to fall back on a temporary nameserver), I found out the correct form the configuration file had to take. I still don’t understand why it worked in the previous version when it now looks like it was erroneous.
Anyway, the updated and functional file can be found at http://nucco.org/files/named.conf.options
On a side note, my system feels a whole lot snappier right now. Yeap, that’s puzzling as well.