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Portable DUAs (RFC1373)

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Original Publication Date: 1992-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-12
Document File: 10 page(s) / 18K

Publishing Venue

Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

T. Tignor: AUTHOR

Abstract

This document comes in two parts. The first part is for regular people who wish to set up their own DUAs (Directory User Interfaces) to access the Directory. It includes some brief notes on the operation of the DUAs and instructions for their creation and installation. The instructions are given in an easy-to-follow, step- by-step format. It is fully expected that the user will be able to perform the necessary operations as he reads through the instructions for the first time and have a working DUA when he finishes. The second part is for ISODE-maintainers wishing to provide portable DUAs to users. This part gives instructions in a similar but longer, step-by-step format. It is fully expected that the maintainer will be able to perform the necessary operations as he reads through the instructions for the first time and have a working DUA package/supporting service when he finishes.

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Network Working Group T. Tignor

Request for Comments: 1373 ISI

October 1992

PORTABLE DUAs

Status of this Memo

This memo provides information for the Internet community. It does

not specify an Internet standard. Distribution of this memo is

unlimited.

INTRODUCTION

This document comes in two parts. The first part is for regular

people who wish to set up their own DUAs (Directory User Interfaces)

to access the Directory. It includes some brief notes on the

operation of the DUAs and instructions for their creation and

installation. The instructions are given in an easy-to-follow, step-

by-step format. It is fully expected that the user will be able to

perform the necessary operations as he reads through the instructions

for the first time and have a working DUA when he finishes. The

second part is for ISODE-maintainers wishing to provide portable DUAs

to users. This part gives instructions in a similar but longer,

step-by-step format. It is fully expected that the maintainer will be

able to perform the necessary operations as he reads through the

instructions for the first time and have a working DUA

package/supporting service when he finishes.

The document currently has four sub-parts for each larger part. The

sub-parts detail the following DUAs: WHOIS, "de," dixie's "ud" and

ISODE's "doog." It is intended that additional sub-parts will be

added to the document as new, portable DUA packages are designed.

Where pertinent, the document assumes ISODE 8.0 is being used.

1. Instructions for DUA-Users

WHOIS

A WHOIS interface to X.500 may be available on any ISODE-resident

machine which also runs a DSA (Directory System Agent.) Check with

your local, ISODE-maintainer. If the service is available, users can

access the Directory with the following command:

whois -h

indicates the name of the host machine offering the WHOIS

interface, surrounded by quotes. refers to a

special, user-friendly syntax developed by Steve Hardcastle-Kille.

UFN format is a comma-separated list of DN component values.

(Attribute types are omitted.) The criteria for identifying DN

components in UFN is often less stringent than normal. For example:

@c=US@st=California@o=Information Sciences

Institute@ou=HPCC@cn=Tom Tignor

could be uniquely specified in UFN syntax as

tignor,isi,ca,us

So to find this entry through WHOIS, one would type:

whois -h "gum.isi.edu" tignor,isi,ca,us

See Steve Hardcastle-Kille's Work in Progress, "User Friendly Naming"

for details.

De

Use of the "de" DUA is fully explained by the program's help section.

New users should type "?" at the first prompt after installing and

running the de executable.

The de execu...