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Having a bit of a problem with my hosting company rackspace cloud and SFP records. I asked them to updated it on there DNS. This is what they set it as: 300 IN TXT "v=spf1 ip4:ubuntu a include: ?all"

However when I test it with gmail I get this:

Received-SPF: unknown ( domain of uses a mechanism not recognized by this client. unknown mechanisms: )) client-ip=; Authentication-Results:; spf=permerror ( domain of uses a mechanism not recognized by this client. unknown mechanisms: )) Received: from MFP2 (localhost [])

Any idea what I should tell them so that they will fixe it and not ask me to go generate another SFP?

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You're looking to tell Google that they need to change their SPF checking client to work with your record?

I don't want to sound harsh here, but the blame is not with them, and you do need a new SPF record.

The ip4 setting needs to be an IP address, and the include record needs to be a domain name. Not sure what you're intending with your record, but something like this may be what you want:

v=spf1 a ip4: ~all

See the documentation here for more info on what can go into these records.

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I don't want Google to change, that would be silly. Just trying to sort out why it's not working. I'll give "v=spf1 a ip4: ~all" a try, then I'll go for "v=spf1 ip4: a ?all" (correct??) if the mail keeps going into the spam box. – Levi May 16 '11 at 18:56
You wouldn't want to include the domain that the record's in. That would create an infinite loop - which I'm sure most checkers will account for, but may invalidate your record in some cases. – Shane Madden May 16 '11 at 18:58
Status is showing as passed so I'm guessing it worked. Thanks - Received-SPF: pass ( domain of designates as permitted sender) client-ip=; Authentication-Results:; spf=pass ( domain of designates as permitted sender) – Levi May 16 '11 at 21:29

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