IGNORE

IGNORE() makes it possible for DNSControl to share management of a domain with an external system. The parameters of IGNORE() indicate which records are managed elsewhere and should not be modified or deleted.
Use case: Suppose a domain is managed by both DNSControl and a third-party system. This creates a problem because DNSControl will try to delete records inserted by the other system. The other system may get confused and re-insert those records. The two systems will get into an endless update cycle where each will revert changes made by the other in an endless loop.
To solve this problem simply include IGNORE() statements that identify which records are managed elsewhere. DNSControl will not modify or delete those records.
Technically IGNORE_NAME is a promise that DNSControl will not modify or delete existing records that match particular patterns. It is like NO_PURGE that matches only specific records.
Including a record that is ignored is considered an error and may have undefined behavior. This safety check can be disabled using the DISABLE_IGNORE_SAFETY_CHECK feature.

Syntax

The IGNORE() function can be used with up to 3 parameters:
IGNORE(labelSpec, typeSpec, targetSpec):
IGNORE(labelSpec, typeSpec):
IGNORE(labelSpec):
  • labelSpec is a glob that matches the DNS label. For example "foo" or "foo*". "*" matches all labels, as does the empty string ("").
  • typeSpec is a comma-separated list of DNS types. For example "A" matches DNS A records, "A,CNAME" matches both A and CNAME records. "*" matches any DNS type, as does the empty string ("").
  • targetSpec is a glob that matches the DNS target. For example "foo" or "foo*". "*" matches all targets, as does the empty string ("").
typeSpec and targetSpec default to "*" if they are omitted.

Globs

The labelSpec and targetSpec parameters supports glob patterns in the style of the gobwas/glob library. All of the following patterns will work:
  • IGNORE("*.foo") will ignore all records in the style of bar.foo, but will not ignore records using a double subdomain, such as foo.bar.foo.
  • IGNORE("**.foo") will ignore all subdomains of foo, including double subdomains.
  • IGNORE("?oo") will ignore all records of three symbols ending in oo, for example foo and zoo. It will not match .
  • IGNORE("[abc]oo") will ignore records aoo, boo and coo. IGNORE("[a-c]oo") is equivalent.
  • IGNORE("[!abc]oo") will ignore all three symbol records ending in oo, except for aoo, boo, coo. IGNORE("[!a-c]oo") is equivalent.
  • IGNORE("{bar,[fz]oo}") will ignore bar, foo and zoo.
  • IGNORE("\\*.foo") will ignore the literal record *.foo.

Typical Usage

General examples:
dnsconfig.js
D("example.com", REG_MY_PROVIDER, DnsProvider(DSP_MY_PROVIDER),
IGNORE("foo"), // matches any records on foo.example.com
IGNORE("baz", "A"), // matches any A records on label baz.example.com
IGNORE("*", "MX", "*"), // matches all MX records
IGNORE("*", "CNAME", "dev-*"), // matches CNAMEs with targets prefixed `dev-*`
IGNORE("bar", "A,MX"), // ignore only A and MX records for name bar
IGNORE("*", "*", "dev-*"), // Ignore targets with a `dev-` prefix
IGNORE("*", "A", "1\.2\.3\."), // Ignore targets in the 1.2.3.0/24 CIDR block
END);
Ignore Let's Encrypt (ACME) validation records:
dnsconfig.js
D("example.com", REG_MY_PROVIDER, DnsProvider(DSP_MY_PROVIDER),
IGNORE("_acme-challenge", "TXT"),
IGNORE("_acme-challenge.**", "TXT"),
END);
Ignore DNS records typically inserted by Microsoft ActiveDirectory:
dnsconfig.js
D("example.com", REG_MY_PROVIDER, DnsProvider(DSP_MY_PROVIDER),
IGNORE("_gc", "SRV"), // General Catalog
IGNORE("_gc.**", "SRV"), // General Catalog
IGNORE("_kerberos", "SRV"), // Kerb5 server
IGNORE("_kerberos.**", "SRV"), // Kerb5 server
IGNORE("_kpasswd", "SRV"), // Kpassword
IGNORE("_kpasswd.**", "SRV"), // Kpassword
IGNORE("_ldap", "SRV"), // LDAP
IGNORE("_ldap.**", "SRV"), // LDAP
IGNORE("_msdcs", "NS"), // Microsoft Domain Controller Service
IGNORE("_msdcs.**", "NS"), // Microsoft Domain Controller Service
IGNORE("_vlmcs", "SRV"), // FQDN of the KMS host
IGNORE("_vlmcs.**", "SRV"), // FQDN of the KMS host
IGNORE("domaindnszones", "A"),
IGNORE("domaindnszones.**", "A"),
IGNORE("forestdnszones", "A"),
IGNORE("forestdnszones.**", "A"),
END);

Detailed examples

Here are some examples that illustrate how matching works.
All the examples assume the following DNS records are the "existing" records that a third-party is maintaining. (Don't be confused by the fact that we're using DNSControl notation for the records. Pretend some other system inserted them.)
dnsconfig.js
D("example.com", REG_MY_PROVIDER, DnsProvider(DSP_MY_PROVIDER),
A("@", "151.101.1.69"),
A("www", "151.101.1.69"),
A("foo", "1.1.1.1"),
A("bar", "2.2.2.2"),
CNAME("cshort", "www"),
CNAME("cfull", "www.plts.org."),
CNAME("cfull2", "www.bar.plts.org."),
CNAME("cfull3", "bar.www.plts.org."),
END);
D_EXTEND("more.example.com",
A("foo", "1.1.1.1"),
A("bar", "2.2.2.2"),
CNAME("mshort", "www"),
CNAME("mfull", "www.plts.org."),
CNAME("mfull2", "www.bar.plts.org."),
CNAME("mfull3", "bar.www.plts.org."),
END);
IGNORE("@", "", ""),
// Would match:
// foo.example.com. A 1.1.1.1
// foo.more.example.com. A 1.1.1.1
IGNORE("example.com.", "", ""),
// Would match:
// nothing
IGNORE("foo", "", ""),
// Would match:
// foo.example.com. A 1.1.1.1
IGNORE("foo.**", "", ""),
// Would match:
// foo.more.example.com. A 1.1.1.1
IGNORE("www", "", ""),
// Would match:
// www.example.com. A 174.136.107.196
IGNORE("www.*", "", ""),
// Would match:
// nothing
IGNORE("www.example.com", "", ""),
// Would match:
// nothing
IGNORE("www.example.com.", "", ""),
// Would match:
// none
//IGNORE("", "", "1.1.1.*"),
// Would match:
// foo.example.com. A 1.1.1.1
// foo.more.example.com. A 1.1.1.1
//IGNORE("", "", "www"),
// Would match:
// none
IGNORE("", "", "*bar*"),
// Would match:
// cfull2.example.com. CNAME www.bar.plts.org.
// cfull3.example.com. CNAME bar.www.plts.org.
// mfull2.more.example.com. CNAME www.bar.plts.org.
// mfull3.more.example.com. CNAME bar.www.plts.org.
IGNORE("", "", "bar.**"),
// Would match:
// cfull3.example.com. CNAME bar.www.plts.org.
// mfull3.more.example.com. CNAME bar.www.plts.org.

Conflict handling

It is considered as an error for a dnsconfig.js to both ignore and insert the same record in a domain. This is done as a safety mechanism.
This will generate an error:
dnsconfig.js
D("example.com", REG_MY_PROVIDER, DnsProvider(DSP_MY_PROVIDER),
...
TXT("myhost", "mytext"),
IGNORE("myhost", "*", "*"), // Error! Ignoring an item we inserted
...
To disable this safety check, add the DISABLE_IGNORE_SAFETY_CHECK statement to the D().
dnsconfig.js
D("example.com", REG_MY_PROVIDER, DnsProvider(DSP_MY_PROVIDER),
DISABLE_IGNORE_SAFETY_CHECK,
...
TXT("myhost", "mytext"),
IGNORE("myhost", "*", "*"),
...
FYI: Previously DNSControl permitted disabling this check on a per-record basis using IGNORE_NAME_DISABLE_SAFETY_CHECK:
The IGNORE_NAME_DISABLE_SAFETY_CHECK feature does not exist in the diff2 world and its use will result in a validation error. Use the above example instead.
// THIS NO LONGER WORKS! Use DISABLE_IGNORE_SAFETY_CHECK instead. See above.
TXT("myhost", "mytext", IGNORE_NAME_DISABLE_SAFETY_CHECK),

Caveats

WARNING: Two systems updating the same domain is complex. Complex things are risky. Use IGNORE() as a last resort. Even then, test extensively.
  • There is no locking. If the external system and DNSControl make updates at the exact same time, the results are undefined.
  • IGNOREworks fine with records inserted into aD()viaD_EXTEND()`. The matching is done on the resulting FQDN of the label or target.
  • targetSpec does not match fields other than the primary target. For example, MX records have a target hostname plus a priority. There is no way to match the priority.
  • The BIND provider can not ignore records it doesn't know about. If it does not have access to an existing zonefile, it will create a zonefile from scratch. That new zonefile will not have any external records. It will seem like they were not ignored, but in reality BIND didn't have visibility to them so that they could be ignored.
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