Hi Wouter & thanks for the insight. I apparently overlooked some items when going through the /var/unbound/unbound.conf settings. I had (root-hints: "/var/unbound/root.hints") commented out, so I no longer need this flag in /etc/rc.conf: "-r '/var/unbound/root.hints'" I took out the "-a" flag, but that did not solve the error message. I then disabled (auto-trust-anchor-file: "/var/unbound/root.key") as well (no auto-trust anywhere), and the error went away: libunbound[64349:0] notice: init module 0: validator libunbound[64349:0] notice: init module 1: iterator unbound[65656:0] notice: init module 0: validator unbound[65656:0] notice: init module 1: iterator unbound[65656:0] info: start of service (unbound 1.6.2). I did not see mentioned error before adding below line to etc/rc.conf unbound_anchorflags="-C /var/unbound/unbound.conf" I assume when used, anchorflags setting auto-detects what it's supposed to do, and dislikes other inputs. Thanks & Regards. -- HardenedBSD_amd64_12-Current_RadeonKMS Please CC my email when responding, mail from list is not delivered.