Can NS record point to CNAME record ?

Stephane Bortzmeyer bortzmeyer at
Tue Jun 21 18:43:02 UTC 2005

On Tue, Jun 21, 2005 at 02:13:55PM -0400,
 Slawomir Orlowski (CYMPAK) <sorlowski at> wrote 
 a message of 18 lines which said:

> So can I do that:
> @           IN    NS

No, the right hand side of a NS (or a MX) cannot be an alias. It has
to be the canonical name. Your setup may work but break in mysterious
ways with some resolvers.

Why not:

@           IN    NS
diamond  IN    A 
ns1         IN    A 
www       IN    CNAME  diamond

(or "diamond IN CNAME ns1")

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