Significance of @ symbol in soa record.

Kevin Darcy kcd at
Fri Jan 10 23:01:35 UTC 2003

colors wrote:

> I am trying to learn about the significance of the '@' symbol at the start
> of the line where the soa record is contained.
> Upon looking for examples and explanation, I have found two conventions:
> The @ symbol
> The domain name (for example,
> The references using the domain name seem to be older examples, whereas the
> @ symbol I seem to be finding in newer examples.
> I am also wondering why one might want to have a ttl for a zone's soa record
> set at 60 seconds..?

@ is just shorthand for the zone origin. Semantically, they're the same thing.

- Kevin

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