Adding CNAME for the root domain issue

Matthew Pounsett matt at
Wed Apr 27 14:22:03 UTC 2016

On 27 April 2016 at 06:56, John Levine <johnl at> wrote:

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

No, this does not work.  You're forgetting what goes around the example
records: IN SOA ... IN CNAME IN NS ... IN CNAME

This is not only against the standards, but is nonsensical when you
consider the semantic meaning of CNAME "for all data related to,
please see".   That doesn't make sense when there are also other
records present at that owner name.
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