can @ be CNAME?
m.seaman at infracaninophile.co.uk
Tue Nov 23 08:56:50 UTC 2010
On 23/11/2010 08:07, Tech W. wrote:
> --- On Tue, 23/11/10, Matus UHLAR - fantomas <uhlar at fantomas.sk> wrote:
>> From: Matus UHLAR - fantomas <uhlar at fantomas.sk>
>>> can I set @ to a cname type? like:
>>> @ IN CNAME www.example.com.
>> Certainly not. for a domain you have you need SOA and NS
>> records, and CNAME
>> is incompatible with both of them.
> But why @ can have an A RR?
> @ IN A 126.96.36.199
> This seems OK for us.
CNAME records are special. You can't have any other records for a label
where you have a CNAME record (well, with the exception of RRSIG records
if you're using DNSSEC). This is covered in great detail in any
introductory text on DNS.
The principle reason to want to have a CNAME record at the apex of a
zone is to make http://example.com/ be a synonym for
http://www.example.com/. The way to deal with that is to turn it round
and make www.example.com be the CNAME record, and have the A record at
example.com. Or just have A or AAAA records at both example.com and
Dr Matthew J Seaman MA, D.Phil. 7 Priory Courtyard
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