RFC requirements for relative CNAME targets?

Barry Margolin barmar at alum.mit.edu
Thu Jul 18 22:07:54 UTC 2013

In article <mailman.844.1374184195.20661.bind-users at lists.isc.org>,
 John Miller <johnmill at brandeis.edu> wrote:

> I think what I was getting at was whether appending $ORIGIN to an
> unqualified target--only talking target, not label--was _required_ by the
> RFCs, and if so, the RFC/section.  I'll read through 'em; was just hoping
> someone knew the answer off the top of their head.

All names in a zone file that do not end with "." get the $ORIGIN 
appended to them. This is required by the zone file specification.

Barry Margolin
Arlington, MA

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