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Responsibilities of host and network managers: A summary of the "oral tradition" of the Internet (RFC1173)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000001986D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2019-Feb-11
Document File: 5 page(s) / 8K

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Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

J. VanBokkelen: AUTHOR

Related Documents

10.17487/RFC1173: DOI

Abstract

This informational RFC describes the conventions to be followed by those in charge of networks and hosts in the Internet. It is a summary of the "oral tradition" of the Internet on this subject. [RFC Editor's note: This memo is a contribution by the author of his view of these conventions. It is expected that this RFC will provide a basis for the development of official policies in the future.] These conventions may be supplemented or amended by the policies of specific local and regional components of the Internet. This RFC does not specify a standard, or a policy of the IAB.

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Network Working Group J. Van Bokkelen Request for Comments: 1173 FTP Software, Inc. August 1990

Responsibilities of Host and Network Managers A Summary of the "Oral Tradition" of the Internet

Status of this Memo

This informational RFC describes the conventions to be followed by those in charge of networks and hosts in the Internet. It is a summary of the "oral tradition" of the Internet on this subject. [RFC Editor’s note: This memo is a contribution by the author of his view of these conventions. It is expected that this RFC will provide a basis for the development of official policies in the future.] These conventions may be supplemented or amended by the policies of specific local and regional components of the Internet. This RFC does not specify a standard, or a policy of the IAB. Distribution of this memo is unlimited.

Table of Contents

Status of this Memo .............................................. 1 1. Basic Responsibilities......................................... 1 2. Responsibilities of Network Managers........................... 2 3. Responsibilities of Host System Managers....................... 2 4. Postmaster@foo.bar.baz......................................... 3 5. Problems and Resolutions....................................... 3 6. The Illusion of Security....................................... 4 7. Summary........................................................ 5 8. Security Considerations........................................ 5 9. Author’s Address............................................... 5

1. Basic Responsibilities

The Internet is a co-operative endeavor, and its usefulness depends on reasonable behaviour from every user, host and router in the Internet. It follows that people in charge of the components of the Internet MUST be aware of their responsibilities and attentive to local conditions. Furthermore, they MUST be accessible via both Internet mail and telephone, and responsive to problem reports and diagnostic initiatives from other participants.

Even local problems as simple and transient as system crashes or power failures may have widespread effects elsewhere in the net. Problems which require co-operation between two or more responsible individuals to diagnose and correct are relatively common. Likewise,

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RFC 1173 Responsibilities of Host and Network Managers August 1990

the tools, access and experience needed for efficient analysis may not all exist at a single site.

This communal approach to Internet management and maintenance is dictated by the present decentralized organizational structure. The structure, in turn, exists because it is inexpensive and responsive to diverse local needs. Furthermore, for the near term, it is our only choice; I don’t see any prospect of either the government or private enterprise building a monolithic, centralized, ubiquitous "Ma Datagram" network provider in this century.

2. Responsibilities of Network Managers

One or more individuals are responsible...

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