using gandi livedns as a Dynamic DNS server

To experiment with widely distributed systems, I administrate some rasberry pi zeros W scattered in France in residential homes. These systems are attached to residential gateways through Wifi with dynamic IP addresses and I needed a way to reliably connect to them to launch experiments.

In the nineties, I used a service called Dyndns, which offered a free service for updating subdomains with dynamic IPs. This free service no longer exists, so I started looking for an alternatives. Most of them were costly and required the installation of closed-sources update clients. Opensource alternatives such as required complicated installations and also a dedicated domain name.

Hopefully, I've been a loyal customer of Gandi for some years now, and thanks to the introduction their livedns API, it can be used to update my main dns zone through a REST API.

prerequisites: curl jq (apt-get install curl jq)


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