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Net::DNS::ToolKit::RR - Resource Record class loader


  use Net::DNS::ToolKit::RR;

  ($get,$put,$parse) = new Net::DNS::ToolKit::RR;
  ($get,$put,$parse) = Net::DNS::ToolKit::RR->new;

        retrieve the next record (type unknown)
        = $get->next(\$buffer,$offset);

        parse the current record (type in input fields)
        = $parse->RR($name,$type,$class,$ttl,$rdlength,


  The 'get' and 'parse' operations can also be done
  by specific record type...
  ...but why would you use them instead of 'next' & 'RR'?

        = $get->XYZ(\$buffer,$offset);

        = $parse->XYZ($name,$type,$class,$ttl,$rdlength,

        or you can use the individual methods 
        directly without calling "new"


The Question section is a special case:

  ($newoff,$name,type,class) = 
  ($newoff,@dnptrs) = 
  ($name,$typeTXT,$classTXT) =


An alternate method for put is available for class specific submissions. This eliminates the need to specify TYPE and CLASS when doing a put. The generic form of a put command using this method is shown below but NOT detailed in the method descriptions.

  ($get,$put,$parse) = new Net::DNS::ToolKit::RR(class_type);
  ($get,$put,$parse) = Net::DNS::ToolKit::RR->new(C_IN);

The generic form of a put operation then becomes:


The only class currently supported at this time is C_IN.

NOTE: the use of this alternate method changes the number of required arguments to ALL put RR operations. These changes are NOT noted below in the method descriptions.


Net::DNS::ToolKit::RR is the class loader for Resource Record classes. It provides an extensible wrapper for existing classes as well as the framework to easily add new RR classes. See: Net::DNS::ToolKit::RR::Template

  From RFC 1035

  3.2.1. Format

  All RRs have the same top level format shown below:

                                    1  1  1  1  1  1
      0  1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  0  1  2  3  4  5
    |                      NAME                     |
    |                      TYPE                     |
    |                     CLASS                     |
    |                      TTL                      |
    |                   RDLENGTH                    |
    |                     RDATA                     |

  NAME  an owner name, i.e., the name of the node to which this
        resource record pertains.

  TYPE  two octets containing one of the RR TYPE codes.

  CLASS two octets containing one of the RR CLASS codes.

  TTL   a 32 bit signed integer that specifies the time interval
        that the resource record may be cached before the source
        of the information should again be consulted.  Zero
        values are interpreted to mean that the RR can only be
        used for the transaction in progress, and should not be
        cached.  For example, SOA records are always distributed
        with a zero TTL to prohibit caching.  Zero values can
        also be used for extremely volatile data.

  RDLENGTH an unsigned 16 bit integer that specifies the length
        in octets of the RDATA field.

  RDATA a variable length string of octets that describes the
        resource.  The format of this information varies
        according to the TYPE and CLASS of the resource record.






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See also: ^

Net::DNS::Codes(3), Net::DNS::ToolKit(3), Net::DNS::ToolKit::RR::Template(3)

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