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Naming Plan for Internet Directory-Enabled Applications (RFC2377)

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Original Publication Date: 1998-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2019-Feb-15
Document File: 18 page(s) / 24K

Publishing Venue

Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

A. Grimstad: AUTHOR [+3]

Related Documents

10.17487/RFC2377: DOI

Abstract

Application of the conventional X.500 approach to naming has heretofore, in the experience of the authors, proven to be an obstacle to the wide deployment of directory-enabled applications on the Internet. We propose a new directory naming plan that leverages the strengths of the most popular and successful Internet naming schemes for naming objects in a hierarchical directory. This memo provides information for the Internet community. It does not specify an Internet standard of any kind.

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Network Working Group A. Grimstad Request for Comments: 2377 R. Huber Category: Informational AT&T S. Sataluri Lucent Technologies M. Wahl Critical Angle Inc. September 1998

Naming Plan for Internet Directory-Enabled Applications

Status of this Memo

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

Copyright Notice

Copyright (C) The Internet Society (1998). All Rights Reserved.

Abstract

Application of the conventional X.500 approach to naming has heretofore, in the experience of the authors, proven to be an obstacle to the wide deployment of directory-enabled applications on the Internet. We propose a new directory naming plan that leverages the strengths of the most popular and successful Internet naming schemes for naming objects in a hierarchical directory. This plan can, we believe, by extending the X.500 approach to naming, facilitate the creation of an Internet White Pages Service (IWPS) and other directory-enabled applications by overcoming the problems encountered by those using the conventional X.500 approach.

1.0 Executive Summary

Application of the conventional X.500 approach to naming has heretofore, in the experience of the authors, proven to be an obstacle to the wide deployment of directory-enabled applications on the Internet. The required registration infrastructure is either non-existent or largely ignored. The infrastructure that does exist is cumbersome to use and tends to produce counterproductive results. The attributes used for naming have been confusing for users and inflexible to managers and operators of directory servers.

Grimstad, et. al. Informational [Page 1]

RFC 2377 A Directory Naming Plan September 1998

This paper describes a directory naming plan for the construction of an Internet directory infrastructure to support directory-enabled applications that can serve as an alternative (or extension) to the conventional X.500 approach.

The plan has the following two main features. First, it bases the root and upper portions of the name hierarchy on the existing infrastructure of names from the Domain Name System (DNS). This component of the plan makes use of the ideas described in the companion paper to this plan, "Using Domains in LDAP Distinguished Names" [1]. And second, it provides a number of options for the assignment of names to directory leaf objects such as person objects, including an option that allows the reuse of existing Internet identifiers for people.

Just as the conventional X.500 style of naming is not a formal standard, use of the naming plan described here is not obligatory for directory-enabled applications on the Internet. Other approaches are permissible. However, we believe widespread use of this plan will largely eliminate naming as a typically thorny issue when administrators set up an LDAP-based directory service. Further, we strongly encourage developers of directory-enabled products, e...

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