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Is there any way to determine if my DNS provider actually use the TTL setting I provide?

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Do you mean "I have put a set of RRs into my DNS providers website, including TTLs, how can I confirm that the provider is exporting those TTLs to the world unchanged"? –  MadHatter Apr 22 '12 at 20:41
@MadHatter Yes, that is exactly what I mean. –  steenhulthin Apr 22 '12 at 20:53
Then dig is your friend, as Tutul has already said. You should substitute your domain for gmail.com, and your nameservers in turn for ns1.google.com. –  MadHatter Apr 23 '12 at 5:55

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$dig @ns1.google.com +nocmd gmail.com A +noall +answer

gmail.com.      300 IN  A
gmail.com.      300 IN  A

the second column here is the TTL value (300)

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The website http://www.mxtoolbox.com/ can tell you that information.

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