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Proffered set of standard host names (RFC0247)

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Original Publication Date: 1971-Oct-12
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-13
Document File: 4 page(s) / 7K

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P.M. Karp: AUTHOR

Abstract

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.

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Network Working Group Peggy Karp

Request for Comments: #247 MITRE

NIC 7688 12 October 1971

Categories: Policy, Telnet

Related: #226, 236, 239, 233, 237

Obsoletes: #226

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

'-'

will be at most 4 characters, formed as follows:

(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.

will be at most 4 characters of the form

.

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

etc.

will be used when more than one machine of the same

type is located at a site (e.g., 2 PDP-10s at MIT, at SRI, and

at BBN).

Limiting to 4 characters does not permit distinctions

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

it arises.

TIPs are identified as 'TIP' rather than by '316'. If a Host

is not to be permanently addressable, the machine is identified

as 'TEST'.

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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