DNS records ordering

DNSControl tries to automatically reorder the pending changes based on the dependencies of the records. For example, if an A record and a CNAME that points to the A record are created at the same time, some providers require the A record to be created before the CNAME.

Some providers explicitly require the targets of certain records like CNAMEs to exist, and source records to be valid. This makes it not always possible to "just" apply the pending changes in any order. This is why reordering the records based on the dependencies and the type of operation is required.

Practical example

D('example.com', REG_NONE, DnsProvider(DNS_BIND),
    CNAME('foo', 'bar')
    A('bar', ''),

foo requires bar to exist. Thus bar needs to exist before foo. But when deleting these records, foo needs to be deleted before bar.

Unresolved records

DNSControl can produce a warning stating it found unresolved records this is most likely because of a cycle in the targets of your records. For instance in the code sample below both foo and bar depend on each other and thus will produce the warning.

Such updates will be done after all other updates to that domain.

In this (contrived) example, it is impossible to know which CNAME should be created first. Therefore they will be done in a non-deterministic order after all other updates to that domain:

D('example.com', REG_NONE, DnsProvider(DNS_BIND),
    CNAME('foo', 'bar')
    CNAME('bar', 'foo'),

Disabling ordering

The re-ordering feature can be disabled using the --disableordering global flag (it goes before preview or push). While the code has been extensively tested, it is new and you may still find a bug. This flag leaves the updates unordered and may require multiple push runs to complete the update.

If you encounter any issues with the reordering please open an issue.

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