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Host names on-line (RFC0608)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000003680D
Original Publication Date: 1974-Jan-10
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-13
Document File: 3 page(s) / 6K

Publishing Venue

Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

M.D. Kudlick: AUTHOR

Abstract

We at the NIC agree with Peter Deutsch's suggestion (in RFC# 606 / NIC# 21246) that the NIC maintain an online ASCII text file of Host names, addresses, and attributes. That suggestion corresponds to one made by Vint Cerf recently, and evidently receives ARPA/IPT support.

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Network Working Group M.D. Kudlick

RFC # 608 SRI-ARC

NIC # 21256 January 10, 1974

HOST NAMES ON-LINE

We at the NIC agree with Peter Deutsch's suggestion (in RFC# 606 / NIC#

21246) that the NIC maintain an online ASCII text file of Host names,

addresses, and attributes. That suggestion corresponds to one made by

Vint Cerf recently, and evidently receives ARPA/IPT support.

Jake Feinler at the NIC designed and maintains a source file, in NLS

format, that can be used to generate the ASCII file Peter outlined. A

program to generate an up to date version of the ASCII file needs to be

written at the NIC, and run periodically (weekly, or as the situation

warrants). Such a mechanism would allow us, of course, to maintain one

source of data and use it for this and other purposes.

Our present data includes official Host name, Host address, Host status

(user, server, TIP) and certain other information like Technical

Liaison, Host computer, operating system, etc.

Provisions exist for including attributes of the type Peter suggested

(for example FTP byte size, TELNET duplex mode, echoing mode, and

nicknames), but these data are currently NOT in our source file.

To get things moving, therefore, we propose to do the following things:

1) We shall write a program to generate the ASCII file in the

syntax described in RFC# 606, namely:

::= /

::=

Note that this produces a blank line after the .

::= /

::= ,

::= =

of-line>

2) We shall initially include only the following items in each

:

a)

in which will be a decimal host address,

relative to the Host's own Network, and

in which will be the official Host Name, a

string obtained through negotiation between the Host and the

NIC, governed by these constraints:

up to 48 characters drawn from the alphabet (A-Z),

digits (0-9), and the minus sign (-) ... specifically,

no blank or space characters allowed;

no distinction between upper and lower case letters;

the first character is a letter;

the last character is NOT a minus sign;

...