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Portable DUAs (RFC1373)

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Original Publication Date: 1992-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2019-Feb-11
Document File: 12 page(s) / 14K

Publishing Venue

Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

T. Tignor: AUTHOR

Related Documents

10.17487/RFC1373: DOI

Abstract

This document comes in two parts. The first part is for regular people who wish to set up their own DUAs (Directory User Interfaces) to access the Directory. The second part is for ISODE-maintainers wishing to provide portable DUAs to users. This part gives instructions in a similar but longer, step-by-step format. This memo provides information for the Internet community. It does not specify an Internet standard.

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Network Working Group T. Tignor Request for Comments: 1373 ISI October 1992

PORTABLE DUAs

Status of this Memo

This memo provides information for the Internet community. It does not specify an Internet standard. Distribution of this memo is unlimited.

INTRODUCTION

This document comes in two parts. The first part is for regular people who wish to set up their own DUAs (Directory User Interfaces) to access the Directory. It includes some brief notes on the operation of the DUAs and instructions for their creation and installation. The instructions are given in an easy-to-follow, step- by-step format. It is fully expected that the user will be able to perform the necessary operations as he reads through the instructions for the first time and have a working DUA when he finishes. The second part is for ISODE-maintainers wishing to provide portable DUAs to users. This part gives instructions in a similar but longer, step-by-step format. It is fully expected that the maintainer will be able to perform the necessary operations as he reads through the instructions for the first time and have a working DUA package/supporting service when he finishes.

The document currently has four sub-parts for each larger part. The sub-parts detail the following DUAs: WHOIS, "de," dixie’s "ud" and ISODE’s "doog." It is intended that additional sub-parts will be added to the document as new, portable DUA packages are designed.

Where pertinent, the document assumes ISODE 8.0 is being used.

1. Instructions for DUA-Users

WHOIS

A WHOIS interface to X.500 may be available on any ISODE-resident machine which also runs a DSA (Directory System Agent.) Check with your local, ISODE-maintainer. If the service is available, users can access the Directory with the following command:

whois -h <hostname> <name in UFN format>

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RFC 1373 DSA Support for Portable DUAs October 1992

<hostname> indicates the name of the host machine offering the WHOIS interface, surrounded by quotes. <name in UFN format> refers to a special, user-friendly syntax developed by Steve Hardcastle-Kille. UFN format is a comma-separated list of DN component values. (Attribute types are omitted.) The criteria for identifying DN components in UFN is often less stringent than normal. For example:

@c=US@st=California@o=Information Sciences Institute@ou=HPCC@cn=Tom Tignor

could be uniquely specified in UFN syntax as

tignor,isi,ca,us

So to find this entry through WHOIS, one would type:

whois -h "gum.isi.edu" tignor,isi,ca,us

See Steve Hardcastle-Kille’s Work in Progress, "User Friendly Naming" for details.

De

Use of the "de" DUA is fully explained by the program’s help section. New users should type "?" at the first prompt after installing and running the de executable.

The de executable can be created and installed by the following simple steps:

If you do not have a file called ".unknown_tailor" in your home directory, create it now. This file should contain the following single line: etcpath: <fullpath...

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