Weird DNS question

Lennart Sorensen lsorense-1wCw9BSqJbv44Nm34jS7GywD8/FfD2ys at
Wed Sep 9 20:04:02 UTC 2009

On Wed, Sep 09, 2009 at 03:58:19PM -0400, Evan Leibovitch wrote:
> I'm having an "issue" with the friendly neighbourghood helpdesk.
>    1. We own a domain
>    2. The webmaster of the site has asked to create a CNAME for this domain:
>       (yes, that's .ws  -- Western Samoa)
>    3. The local admins are saying they can't do this without locally
>       defining an entry for and that they can't make an
>       entry for an "oddball" TLD such as .ws

Assuming the has an entry called, then your
CNAME should work fine.  It would have to be (assuming bind config):


Note the terminating '.'

> I *hate* "you can't get there from here" answers.
> If the folks at <> have properly configured *their* DNS for
> host <server>, is it not enough for our CNAME (which is just an alias)
> to just point to it without needing to recreate it?

It should be.

> Is there other voodoo that I'm missing here?

I think the other guys are missing something.

> Any help is appreciated.

Should be simple.

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