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I'm finally fixing up my dns zone files in Gandi, which has a handy feature that lets me use the same zone file for several domains. So I can keep 1 zone file for a single domain and all its tld's.

But normally, when you set up the SPF record for eg domain.com, you don't actually add "mx:domain.com", because it's implied.

Will this thrown an error if you do?

Here's an example SPF record for domain.com.

The "correct" one:

v=spf1 mx mx:domain.info mx:domain.net mx:domain.org ~all

And here's the one I would like:

v=spf1 mx mx:domain.info mx:domain.net mx:domain.org mx:domain.com ~all

Is that allowed, or not?

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You should consider switching "~all" to "-all". That tilde lets everyone know you don't really know what you're configuring and some servers (like the ones I run) will hold it against you when raking your e-mail for spam. –  Chris S Aug 10 '12 at 2:10
    
Ah thanks, I'll look into it! –  skerit Aug 10 '12 at 18:27

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It's not implied. There's nothing implicitly assumed about what systems you want to authorize.

You're explicitly setting mx:domain.com by setting mx at the start of the record - they're functionally identical when the SPF entry is on domain.com.

That said, you should not run into any validation errors simply because you specify the same thing twice.

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+1 But note that only 255 characters can be in a single SPF record... So if you own example.com for every TLD you'll run into problems. But that's somewhat unusual. –  Chris S Aug 10 '12 at 2:08

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