nsupdate: A records (glue) in reverse zones

Sven Hergenhahn Sven.Hergenhahn at eur.sas.com
Thu Oct 26 12:10:54 UTC 2006

Hi everybody,

the problem is that I am unable to create an A record in a reverse zone (for 
glue reasons).

Here's what I tried:

$ nsupdate -d
> zone 112.96.130.in-addr.arpa
> update add testarecord.my.domain.com. 900 IN A
Reply from SOA query:
;; ->>HEADER<<- opcode: QUERY, status: NXDOMAIN, id:  24315
;; flags: qr aa rd ra ; QUESTION: 1, ANSWER: 0, AUTHORITY: 1, ADDITIONAL: 0
;testarecord.my.domain.com.      IN      SOA

my.domain.com.           0       IN      SOA     nameserver.other.domain.com 
unixadmin.other.domain.com. 397 900 420 604800 10800

Found zone name: my.domain.com
The master is: nameserver.other.domain.com
before getaddrinfo()

Reply from update query:
;; ->>HEADER<<- opcode: UPDATE, status: NOTZONE, id:  38866
;; flags: qr ra ; ZONE: 0, PREREQ: 0, UPDATE: 0, ADDITIONAL: 0

Apparently, the zone prereq is ignored. Is that not possible at all? Or can 
anybody  shed some light as to what I am doing wrong here.

Thanks in advance,

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