[dns-operations] Cleaning up glue with dynamic DNS updates

Jan Včelák jv at fcelda.cz
Tue Mar 21 11:56:50 UTC 2017

Hello Anand,

I agree that what you need is not possible with dynamic updates. But
there are alternatives for sure.

This is one of these alternatives: Knot DNS has a control interface
which supports transactional modification of a zone. So you can query
for the NS record, implement custom logic to decide what to remove,
and then perform desired changes. All in one transaction.

Luckily, there is a Python binding for the control protocol. The API
is rather low-level but usable. I quickly hacked a prototype that does
what you need:



On Sat, Mar 18, 2017 at 12:20 PM, Anand Buddhdev <anandb at ripe.net> wrote:
> Hello DNS experts,
> If I am using dynamic DNS updates with a zone, how do I handle cleaning
> up glue records? For example, suppose I update a zone with the following
> (using nsupdate):
> zone example.com.
> update add a.ns.sub.example.com. A
> update add b.ns.sub.example.com. A
> update add sub.example.com. NS a.ns.sub.example.com.
> update add sub.example.com. NS b.ns.sub.example.com.
> send
> At some later time, if I want to change or delete the delegation to
> sub.example.com, how can I ensure that the associated glue records are
> also removed? I don't think nsupdate allows this.
> Oh, I have considered the setup where I have to remember what I added,
> in some persistent storage, so I can look it up later and remove it.
> However, if I don't have such a record in persistent storage, is there
> any way to reliably delete the glue as well?
> Regards,
> Anand
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