Question

How to update DNS records? Receiving "Data needs to end with a dot (.)"

Posted November 17, 2020 1.2k views
APIDigitalOcean API and CLI (doctl)
doctl compute domain records list do.${ME}.com
ID           Type     Name            Data   Priority    Port    TTL      Weight
12345678     CNAME    my-domain       ...    0           0       1800     0

But:

doctl compute domain records update do.${ME}.com \
--record-id 12345678 \
--record-ttl 43200

Error: PUT https://api.digitalocean.com/v2/domains/do.${ME}.com/records/12345678: 422 Data needs to end with a dot (.)

And:

https://developers.digitalocean.com/documentation/v2/#update-a-domain-record

“Any attribute valid for the record type can be set to a new value for the record.”

And:

curl \
--request PUT \
--header "Content-Type: application/json" \
--header "Authorization: Bearer ${TOKEN}" \
--data '{"ttl": 43200}' https://api.digitalocean.com/v2/domains/do.${ME}.com/records/12345678
{"id":"unprocessable_entity","message":"Data needs to end with a dot (.)"}
1 comment
  • This appears to affect MX record creation via the API as well, but the provided workaround doesn’t work. The response message is, “record name is invalid: must be a fqdn (may contain wildcards)”.

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Hi there @dazwilkin,

I was able to reproduce this at my end as well, seems to affect CNAME records and NS records.

I will report this, but in the meantime, I found the following workaround, just pass the data as well:

curl \
--request PUT \
--header "Content-Type: application/json" \
--header "Authorization: Bearer ${TOKEN}" \
--data '{"ttl": 43200, "data": "your_cname.example.com."}' https://api.digitalocean.com/v2/domains/do.${ME}.com/records/12345678
{"id":"unprocessable_entity","message":"Data needs to end with a dot (.)"}

Let me know how it goes.
Regards,
Bobby

Hello all,

I noticed that the issue was only happening for me with MX and NS record creation. Here is how my Terraform looks in case it helps anyone else.

(Notice the period at the end of each “value”)

resource "digitalocean_record" "mx" {
  domain   = digitalocean_domain.default.name
  type     = "MX"
  value    = "mail.fakedomain.com."
  name     = "@"
  priority = "10"
}

resource "digitalocean_record" "ns1" {
  domain = digitalocean_domain.default.name
  type   = "NS"
  name   = "@"
  value  = "ns1.digitalocean.com."
}

resource "digitalocean_record" "ns2" {
  domain = digitalocean_domain.default.name
  type   = "NS"
  name   = "@"
  value  = "ns2.digitalocean.com."
}

resource "digitalocean_record" "ns3" {
  domain = digitalocean_domain.default.name
  type   = "NS"
  name   = "@"
  value  = "ns3.digitalocean.com."
}