Can NS record point to CNAME record ?

Mark Andrews Mark_Andrews at
Tue Jun 21 23:30:08 UTC 2005

> Hello,
> I have server named "diamond" and would like to have primary DNS server
> (bind) on it named "ns1", but do not want to change server name from diamond
> to ns1.
> So can I do that:
> @           IN    NS
> diamond  IN    A 
> ns1         IN    CNAME diamond
> www       IN    CNAME  diamond
> Regards
> Slawomir Orlowski

	No.  The rules for glue (copies of the *address* records
	in the parent zones) and additional section processing do
	not allow it to work.

	You would have to add both the CNAME and address records
	(A/AAAA) as glue to the parent zone and have CNAMEs be
	followed when doing additional section processing to make
	it work.


Mark Andrews, ISC
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