Try using
"service named start" instead of "named start"
"service named stop" instead of "named stop"

Then look at the log file to ensure there were no errors
"tail -50 /var/log/messages"

Hope this helps,

"desimal" wrote in message
> Ive just recently setup BIND 9.3.0 on a Fedora 3 box.
> I went step by step through my manual,
> when i finished, i run 'named start' and i get a command directive
> about how to use named.
> i try 'named stop' and i recieve the same message
> named -v returns 9.3.0
> and running 'named' by itself basically returns me to the next line of
> my shell.
> any ideas? im new to BIND.
> thanks again