Adding CNAME for the root domain issue

Daniel Dawalibi daniel.dawalibi at
Wed Apr 27 14:05:50 UTC 2016

Hello John

The below is not working on our BIND version BIND 9.10.0-P2 unless it is working on other version  CNAME
www     CNAME

Errors returned when adding these records:

general: dns_master_load: CNAME and other data

If we proceed with the below work around by replacing the CNAME with A record, It will resolve but our setup requires a CNAME record.  A  IPaddress
www     CNAME

-----Original Message-----
From: John Levine [mailto:johnl at] 
Sent: 27 April, 2016 4:56 PM
To: bind-users at
Cc: daniel.dawalibi at
Subject: Re: Adding CNAME for the root domain issue

Assuming you mean this (notice the dots):  CNAME
 www     CNAME

it should work.  Some people believe that you can't have other records at names below a name with a CNAME, but they are mistaken.

On the other hand, this will not work. CNAME MX 10 server.somewhere

To make this work, you need Stephane's hack of copying the A and AAAA records.


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