DNS/BIND resource record: using $GENERATE to make many records

Posted January 4, 2004 by Quinn McHenry in BIND and DNS

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A cool feature in versions of BIND since 8.2 and 9.1 is the $GENERATE directive which can create hundreds or thousands of resource records with a single line in zone file. A common use for $GENERATE is assigning PTR records for a DHCP address range.

Given the subnet which is reserved (with the exception of reserved addresses for use by a DHCP server pool, reverse lookup (PTR) records of the format dhcp#.tech-recipes.com. (where # is the address) can be created with the following line in the zone file:

$GENERATE 11-254 $ PTR dhcp$.tech-recipes.com.

This will generate the following records:

11 PTR dhcp11.tech-recipes.com.
12 PTR dhcp12.tech-recipes.com.
13 PTR dhcp13.tech-recipes.com.
253 PTR dhcp253.tech-recipes.com.
254 PTR dhcp254.tech-recipes.com.

This code works assuming that the zone file is associated with the 2.168.192.in-addr.arpa. domain. The $GENERATE is currently only compatible with the A, AAAA, CNAME, DNAME, NS and PTR resource record types.


About Quinn McHenry

Quinn was one of the original co-founders of Tech-Recipes. He is currently crafting iOS applications as a senior developer at Small Planet Digital in Brooklyn, New York.
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