If I follow the instructions at https://www.godaddy.com/help/export-my-domains-zone-file-records-4166
is the file that I get an exact up to date copy of what GoDaddy are propagating about my domain?
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Hello DRY411S, I hope you are doing well. You can export your GoDaddy domain's zone file records to use with a third party or to archive. For example, if you want a third party to manage your DNS, you can export the zone file records from GoDaddy (exact copy of GoDaddy domains), and then import them into the third-party system. Archiving your DNS records gives you a backup copy of them if you make a mistake while editing your DNS.
The exported data follows the BIND zone file format and RFC 1035. You must manually edit the exported data before a BIND DNS server can use it directly. These edits will differ based on the requirements of the server to which you are uploading the exported file.
Follow these Instructions to export DNS zone record;
Thank you @ZulWeb
I know how to export it, my question was around whether the export was a 'real time' update of what GoDaddy nameservers hold about my domain.
The reason for my question was this:
Hey @DRY411S. The export should be a representation of what currently appears in your DNS Manager. It's possible that if you made changes and then immediately exported, records might not be there, but it shouldn't take more than a few minutes for everything to be up to date internally. I hope that helps.
So for people using the DNS 'import zone file' feature, if you get a success message, and don't see the imported records in your portal, or in an export produced several minutes after the import, then that's probably a sign that the import was in fact, not successful.