IGNORE_NAME(a) is the same as IGNORE(a, "*", "*").

Legacy mode ("diff1")

When --diff2=false is used to revert to the old "diff1" algorithm, IGNORE_NAME() behaves as follows:
WARNING: The IGNORE_* family of functions is risky to use. The code is brittle and has subtle bugs. Use at your own risk. Do not use these commands with D_EXTEND().
IGNORE_NAME can be used to ignore some records present in zone. Records of that name will be completely ignored. An optional rTypes may be specified as a comma separated list to only ignore records of the given type, e.g. "A", "A,CNAME", "A, MX, CNAME". If rTypes is omitted or is "*" all record types matching the name will be ignored.
IGNORE_NAME is like NO_PURGE except it acts only on some specific records instead of the whole zone.
Technically IGNORE_NAME is a promise that DNSControl will not add, change, or delete records at a given label. This permits another entity to "own" that label.
IGNORE_NAME is generally used in very specific situations:
  • Some records are managed by some other system and DNSControl is only used to manage some records and/or keep them updated. For example a DNS A record that is managed by a dynamic DNS client, or by Kubernetes External DNS, but DNSControl is used to manage the rest of the zone. In this case we don't want DNSControl to try to delete the externally managed record.
  • To work-around a pseudo record type that is not supported by DNSControl. For example some providers have a fake DNS record type called "URL" which creates a redirect. DNSControl normally deletes these records because it doesn't understand them. IGNORE_NAME will leave those records alone.
In this example, DNSControl will insert/update the "baz.example.com" record but will leave unchanged the "foo.example.com" and "bar.example.com" ones.
D("example.com", REG_MY_PROVIDER, DnsProvider(DSP_MY_PROVIDER),
IGNORE_NAME("foo"), // ignore all record types for name foo
IGNORE_NAME("baz", "*"), // ignore all record types for name baz
IGNORE_NAME("bar", "A,MX"), // ignore only A and MX records for name bar
CNAME("bar", "www"), // CNAME is not ignored
A("baz", "")
IGNORE_NAME also supports glob patterns in the style of the gobwas/glob library. All of the following patterns will work:
  • IGNORE_NAME("*.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_NAME("**.foo") will ignore all subdomains of foo, including double subdomains.
  • IGNORE_NAME("?oo") will ignore all records of three symbols ending in oo, for example foo and zoo. It will not match .
  • IGNORE_NAME("[abc]oo") will ignore records aoo, boo and coo. IGNORE_NAME("[a-c]oo") is equivalent.
  • IGNORE_NAME("[!abc]oo") will ignore all three symbol records ending in oo, except for aoo, boo, coo. IGNORE_NAME("[!a-c]oo") is equivalent.
  • IGNORE_NAME("{bar,[fz]oo}") will ignore bar, foo and zoo.
  • IGNORE_NAME("\\*.foo") will ignore the literal record *.foo.


It is considered as an error to try to manage an ignored record. Ignoring a label is a promise that DNSControl won't meddle with anything at a particular label, therefore DNSControl prevents you from adding records at a label that is IGNORE_NAME'ed.
Use IGNORE_NAME("@") to ignore at the domain's apex. Most providers insert magic or unchangeable records at the domain's apex; usually NS and SOA records. DNSControl treats them specially.


  • trying to update/add IGNORE_NAME'd record: foo CNAME
This means you have both ignored foo and included a record (in this case, a CNAME) to update it. This is an error because IGNORE_NAME is a promise not to modify records at a certain label so that others may have free reign there. Therefore, DNSControl prevents you from modifying that label.
The foo CNAME at the end of the message indicates the label name (foo) and the type of record (CNAME) that your dnsconfig.js file is trying to insert.
You can override this error by adding the IGNORE_NAME_DISABLE_SAFETY_CHECK flag to the record.
Disabling this safety check creates two risks:
  1. 1.
    Two owners (DNSControl and some other entity) toggling a record between two settings.
  2. 2.
    The other owner wiping all records at this label, which won't be noticed until the next time DNSControl is run.