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I can't add the following TXT record to my Route 53 DNS config:

v=msv1 t=whatever

Doing so produces the following error:

The record set could not be saved because: - The Value field contains invalid characters or is in an invalid format.

If I do just v=msv1 I get the same thing. Doesn't even seem to work without the v=.

Maybe the t is supposed to go in the Name field and the v is supposed to go in the Value field?

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From the Route 53 admin page when adding a TXT record set:

A text record. Enter multiple values 
    on separate lines. Enclose text in 
    quotation marks.
    "Sample Text Entries" 
    "Enclose entries in quotation marks"
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If you're creating a TXT record for DKIM on Google Apps for Domains like I was, it worked for me to wrap the entire block in a set of quotes (not separate quotes for each portion of the record.) – richardkmiller Oct 30 '13 at 20:49

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