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I recently setup bind on CentOS and want to redirect the non-www to www part of the site.

Currently the www works, but when I try the bare domain from Safari I get: Can't open because the server can't find

My zone file looks like this: (without the $TTL part below)

                IN NS
                IN A          [ip here]

      ns1       IN A          [ip here]

      @         IN MX 10
      @         IN MX 20

      *         IN CNAME      [ip here]

IntoDNS reports at "WWW A Record" section:

ERROR: I could not get any A records for!

When I try * IN A [ip] I get the following error:

      Stopping named:                                            [  OK  ]
      Starting named: 
      Error in named configuration:
      zone localhost/IN: loaded serial 42
      dns_master_load: /var/named/ * CNAME and other data
      zone loading from master file /var/named/ failed: CNAME and other data
      zone not loaded due to errors.
      _default/ CNAME and other data

But IN A [ip] - without * - works (as it was above).

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I'm neither a Bind expert nor did I work with wildcards before, but CNAME to [ip here] looks wrong, CNAMES don't point to IPs, try 'A' instead of 'CNAME' ? – Gryphius Aug 5 '12 at 7:14
@Gryphius: Thanks, tried that but doesn't seem to work. – Lee Aug 5 '12 at 7:54
"It doesn't work at all" is not a very good problem description. What happens when you try to resolve? Do you get an IP address? – David Schwartz Aug 5 '12 at 8:02
@DavidSchwartz Thanks. I've tried what you've suggested and updated my post. Safari simply doesn't load the non-www of the domain, while with www works. (also added in my post now) – Lee Aug 5 '12 at 8:18
@Max: Your post said you had a CNAME. We are suggesting using an A record. "dns_master_load: /var/named/ * CNAME and other data" You shouldn't be using a CNAME. – David Schwartz Aug 5 '12 at 8:22
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To make resolve to an IP address, add an A record for @.

@               IN      A
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Yep, did that eventually and after propagating properly it worked. Thanks! – Lee Aug 5 '12 at 17:15

DNS doesn't work like that. CNAMEs map names to other names, not addresses; A records map names to addresses.

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Also tried with * IN CNAME, IN A [ip]. Nothing seemed to work. – Lee Aug 5 '12 at 7:51
Try * IN A [ip]. If that doesn't work, please explain precisely what goes wrong when you do it. (Don't forget to bump the serial number and tell your name server that you've changed the zone.) – David Schwartz Aug 5 '12 at 8:01
I think you mean @, not *. I doubt he wants a catch-all. – Michael Hampton Aug 5 '12 at 16:20

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