Adding CNAME for the root domain issue

Bob Harold rharolde at
Wed Apr 27 16:13:43 UTC 2016

On Wed, Apr 27, 2016 at 11:39 AM, John R. Levine <johnl at> wrote:

> At the same time, the browser developers, almost without exception, refuse
>> to implement SRV because they don't like the idea that they might have to
>> do another DNS lookup prior to displaying a web page.  And they lobby the
>> W3C pretty hard to not standardize SRV for HTTP.
>> That's a pretty serious impasse .. and one that I think is only going to
>> be
>> overcome by an equally strong lobbying movement from the DNS hosting
>> industry, when we get tired of trying to educate end users on why CNAME at
>> apex won't work (end users who don't–and shouldn't need to–care), and get
>> tired of maintaining messy record synthesis processes.
> I don't think that's a fight you're going to win.  The ANAME kludge is
> ugly, but it's straightforward and a whole lot of DNS operators (including
> me) do it.
> R's,
> john
I realize that ANAME seems like a kludge, but if we could make it a
standard, and get the various DNS software (auth, resolvers, and clients)
to understand it, it would solve a major limitation in DNS.

Bob Harold
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