Proffered set of standard host names (RFC0247)
Original Publication Date: 1971-Oct-12
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-13
Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)
In RFC #226, BBN's TENEX list of Host names was set up as a strawman set of standard Host names. Comments received since then (an RFC actually generated comments!!!) have influenced me to propose the following general rules for forming Host names.
Network Working Group Peggy Karp
Request for Comments: #247 MITRE
NIC 7688 12 October 1971
Categories: Policy, Telnet
Related: #226, 236, 239, 233, 237
Proferred Set of Standard Host Names
In RFC #226, BBN's TENEX list of Host names was set up as a strawman
set of standard Host names. Comments received since then (an RFC
actually generated comments!!!) have influenced me to propose the
following general rules for forming Host names.
The Host names will be 8 characters in length. The general form is
(a) Use the keyword in the site name, if not more than
four characters, e.g., NASA Ames, Case Western
Reserve. ---- ----
(b) Use the standard acronym, if not more than four
characters, e.g., UCLA, RADC, NBS.
(c) If a standard abbreviation exists, use it, e.g., Ill.
(d) If none of the above apply, use the first four letters
in the site name, e.g., Burr, Mitr, Harv.
(e) If none of the above is acceptable to the site, the
technical liaison should select the site mnemonic.
Examples of mfg. # are:
IBM 360 2 digit model number
IBM 370 3 digit model number
PDP 1 - 2 digit model number
Burroughs 4 digits
CDC 4 digits
type is located at a site (e.g., 2 PDP-10s at MIT, at SRI, and
to be made between machines with 4 digit mfg. #s. I expect
the situation will be handled in an ad hoc manner by the NIC if
TIPs are identified as 'TIP' rather than by '316'. If a Host
is not to be permanently addressable, the machine is identified
A list of Host names, formed according to these rules, is
attached. Alternate Host names should be provided, as
suggested by Jon Postel (RFC #236). RFC's 206, 233, and
236 present lists with 4-character alternate names. The
Technical Liaison should select the alternate name for his
site and communicate the selection to the NIC.
The preceding rules and the attached list of Host names are
subject to the approval of the NWG. Hereafter, the list will
be generated and maintained by the NIC in cooperation with
the Technical Liaison at each site, as suggested in RFC #237.
Comments should be addressed to Dick Watson.
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