There’s a long standing discussion on how to force update using ddclient, because DynDNS services tipically deactivate your host if it doesn’t send an update for a certain period. And nowadays xDSL are much more stable than they used to be, so you may retain the same IP address for more than one month.
This is usually a problem, so from time to time you either have to confirm the host or update it with a fake address in order to keep it active.
Since ddclient devs still have to implement such an option I found a workaround: update weekly with a fake IP address. Clever, ain’t it? But how to accopmplish it?
Copy the config file to ddclient_FORCE.conf and make it update with a fake address.
then open /etc/ddclient_FORCE.conf and add or change the use parameter this way:
this will tell ddclient to update your host to 126.96.36.199. We’re almost done.
Let’s schedule the update in a timespan that will not affect your usage, like for offices can be on Saturday night. Add to your preferred cron file (like /etc/crontab) a line like this:
2 3 * * sun root ddclient -file /etc/ddclient_FORCE.conf -debug > /var/log/ddclient_force.log 2>&1
And you’re done!