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Old 04-19-2005, 08:05 PM   #1
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Configuring BIND to work with a domain name


I've setup BIND to work with my domain name but I'm having a small problem as it will only allow subdomains such as or to work but what I need is a way to assign my ip to just

My current config is:

@       IN      SOA (
                        8H      ; Refresh
                        2H      ; Retry
                        4W      ; Expire
                        1D )    ; Minimum TTL
        IN      NS      localhost.
        IN      NS
        IN      NS
        IN      MX      10 localhost.
        IN      MX      20
localhost       A
server          A
laptop          A
rachel          A
dev             A
wireless        A
ns1             A
ns2             A
www             CNAME   server
ftp             CNAME   server
mail            CNAME   server
imap            CNAME   server
irc             CNAME   server
I would be greatful for any help in this matter.

Old 04-19-2005, 08:17 PM   #2
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You can not assign a IP number to a domain name. The is the top level in the domain or the domain name.

In other words, if you had a single domain with no sub domains. The domain name is If you had a server named www, it's name is www and the domain name is

I hope I did not confuse you.
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Add the following line to your zone file. The @ sign is replaced with the zone name passed from named.conf when the zone file is parsed.
@     IN       A
-or- the same thing without the @ sugn:
Code:   IN     A
Old 04-19-2005, 08:34 PM   #4
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I didn't know that. Learn something new everyday.
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Thank you scowles that sorted my problem out and now I can get my email system back up.


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