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Computer mail meeting notes (RFC0805)

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Original Publication Date: 1982-Feb-08
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-13
Document File: 5 page(s) / 12K

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Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

J. Postel: AUTHOR

Abstract

A meeting was held on the 11th of January 1982 at USC Information Sciences Institute to discuss addressing issues in computer mail. The attendees are listed at the end of this memo. The major conclusion reached at the meeting is to extend the "username@hostname" mailbox format to "username@host.domain", where the domain itself can be further structured.

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Network Working Group J. Postel

Request for Comments: 805 ISI

8 February 1982

Computer Mail Meeting Notes

Introduction

A meeting was held on the 11th of January 1982 at USC Information

Sciences Institute to discuss addressing issues in computer mail.

The attendees are listed at the end of this memo. The major

conclusion reached at the meeting is to extend the

"username@hostname" mailbox format to "username@host.domain", where

the domain itself can be further structured.

Overview

The meeting opened with a brief discussion of the objectives of the

meeting and a review of the agenda.

The meeting was called to discuss a few specific issues in text

mail systems for the ARPA Internet. In particular, issues of

addressing are of major concern as we develop an internet in which

mail relaying is a common occurance. We need to discuss

alternatives in the design of the mail system to provide high

utility at reasonable cost. One scheme suggested is to create

"mail domains" which are another level of addressing. The ad hoc

scheme of source routing, while effective for some cases, is seen

to lead to some problems. A key test of addressing schemes is the

procedure for sending copies of a reply to a message to the people

who received copies of the original message. The key reference

documents for the meeting were RFCs 788, 799, and 801.

Jon Postel gave a brief review of the NCP-to-TCP transition plan (RFC

801). The emphasis was on mail, the internet host table, and the

role of a Host Name Server.

The major part of the meeting was devoted to a wide ranging

discussion of the general mailbox identification problem. In

particular, the notion of a hierarchial structure of name domains was

discussed, and the issues associated with name servers were discussed

including the types of information name servers should provide.

Name Domains

One of the interesting ideas that emerged from this discussion was

that the "user@host" model of a mailbox identifier should, in

Computer Mail Meeting Notes 8 February 1982

principle, be replaced by a "unique-id@location-id" model, where the

unique-id would be a globally unique id for this mailbox (independent

of location) and the location-id would be advice about where to find

the mailbox. However, it was recognized that the "user@host" model

was well established and that so many different elaborations of the

"user" field were already in use that there was no point in persuing

this "unique-id" idea at this time.

Several alternatives for the structuring and ordering of the

extensions to the "host" field to make it into a general

"location-id" were discussed.

These basically involved adding more hierarchical name information

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