How to enter SPF record in Linode's DNS Manager page

Sorry if this seems like a silly question, but because of the propagation delay, I'm not sure if I'm doing it right.

In the TXT section of the Linode DNS Manager for my domain, I added an entry as follows:

Name:        spf
Value:    "v=spf1 a mx -all"
TTL:        Default

Have I done it right?

When I ran DIG from the terminal, it gave the following output:

root@server:~# dig TXT

; <<>> DiG 9.9.5-3-Ubuntu <<>> TXT
; (2 servers found)
;; global options: +cmd
;; Got answer:
;; ->>HEADER<<- opcode: QUERY, status: NOERROR, id: 48362
;; flags: qr aa rd; QUERY: 1, ANSWER: 0, AUTHORITY: 1, ADDITIONAL: 1
;; WARNING: recursion requested but not available

; EDNS: version: 0, flags:; udp: 1024
;                   IN      TXT

;; AUTHORITY SECTION:            86400   IN      SOA 2014120347 14400 14400 1209600 86400

;; Query time: 1 msec
;; SERVER: 2600:3c00::a#53(2600:3c00::a)
;; WHEN: Thu Dec 04 02:49:19 EST 2014
;; MSG SIZE  rcvd: 100

(I can also post, if its useful, the results I received from

Comparing my output to that displayed in another thread here, I seem to be missing a few things and have other extra info:

1) My SPF record is not showing in the ANSWER Section

2) I don't have the Linode DNS servers mentioned in the AUTHORITY Section, though I have 5 entries (ns1 - ns5) in my DNS Manager page.

3) The DNS server record is not shown in the same way in the AUTHORITY Section

I would appreciate any additional advice on configuring the DNS to play nicely with the rest of the net.



4 Replies

You should not put "spf" as the name of the record; just leave it blank.

1) Do TXT records need to be enclosed in quotes? At … ecords#spf"> it shows the SPF's enclosed in quotes, but other TXT record examples on that page (DKIM) are not shown enclosed in quotes.

2) Must special characters be escaped or does the Linode DNS do that automagically?


1) No quotes required.

2) I don't know. Since domain names have a limited character range, I wouldn't think so.


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