Re: [DNSOP] Definition of QNAME (Was: I-D Action: draft-ietf-dnsop-terminology-bis-06.txt

"Darcy Kevin (FCA)" <> Fri, 25 August 2017 00:00 UTC

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Honestly, I think the part of RFC 1034 (Section 4.3.2) that says "change QNAME to the canonical name in the CNAME RR, and go back to step 1" is just treating the string "QNAME" as a variable in a loop. One will note that the analogous portion of the *resolver* algorithm (5.3.3) says "change the SNAME to the canonical name in the CNAME RR and go to step 1." So "QNAME" substitutes for a variable name in one version of the algorithm, and "SNAME" substitutes in the other version. There's nothing "magical" about the reference to "QNAME", therefore, and one shouldn't assume this was an attempt to (re)define protocol terminology, _per_se_.

RFC 2308, on the other hand, defines "QNAME" as encompassing both the "pure" and the CNAME-chain sense, in its "Terminology" section, and thus broadens the scope of the term in ways that IMO can lead to ambiguity, if read as applying beyond that particular RFC.

The challenge, however, with saying, that "QNAME" can puristically *only* refer to what was originally requested in the query packet, is that we need to then come up with another term to describe the end of the CNAME-chain, if any, which has been followed. One suggestion was "effective QNAME", but I'd prefer to leave "QNAME" out of the term completely, to avoid confusion. "Terminal name" or "terminating name", perhaps? "End name"? "Resultant name"?

												- Kevin

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Subject: Re: [DNSOP] Definition of QNAME (Was: I-D Action: draft-ietf-dnsop-terminology-bis-06.txt

RFC 2308 is consistent with RFC 1034.

Go read *all* of RFC 1034.  QNAME is used to refer to *both* the original
*and* updated value after following a CNAME.

Mark Andrews, ISC
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