Mar 032010

DNS Error “Bad Dotted Quad” (BIND)
Network – DNS

Issue: changing dns mx records, tried to save, got error:
“Bad dotted quads near …”

A record or another record that doesn’t require trailing period contains one. if you remove the trailing period and refresh the DNS files it should let you save the zone file now. The error message is happening because you have a name where the nameserver expects a dotted quad (IPv4 address).

You may also need to change the A record to a cname

somename someTTL IN A dotted-quad

e.g.: 3600 IN A

Because “” is the name of a domain, you can’t use it as the name of an alias (CNAME).

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  One Response to “DNS Error “Bad Dotted Quad” (BIND)”

  1. For a records you can set only an IP-address. If you want to use a name instead of an IP address you should use a CNAME and it works well.