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Subject: I-D ACTION:draft-ietf-ids-dnsnames-00.txt
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A New Internet-Draft is available from the on-line Internet-Drafts directories. This draft is a work item of the Integrated Directory Services Working Group of the IETF. Title : Use of DNS Aliases for Network Services Author(s) : M. Hamilton, R. Wright Filename : draft-ietf-ids-dnsnames-00.txt Pages : 10 Date : 06/03/1996 It has become a common practice to use symbolic names (usually CNAMEs) in the Domain Name Service (DNS - [1,2]) to refer to network services such as anonymous FTP  servers, Gopher  servers, and most notably World-Wide Web HTTP  servers. This is desirable for a number of reasons. It provides a way of moving services from one machine to another transparently, and a mechanism by which people or agents may programatically discover that an organization runs, say, a World-Wide Web server. Although this approach has been almost universally adopted, there is no standards document or similar specification for these commonly used names. This document seeks to rectify this situation by gathering together the extant "folklore" on naming conventions, and proposes a mechanism for accommodating new protocols. Distribution of this document is unlimited. Comments should be sent to the IETF Integrated Directory Services mailing list, email@example.com, or directly to the authors. Internet-Drafts are available by anonymous FTP. Login with the username "anonymous" and a password of your e-mail address. After logging in, type "cd internet-drafts" and then "get draft-ietf-ids-dnsnames-00.txt". A URL for the Internet-Draft is: ftp://ds.internic.net/internet-drafts/draft-ietf-ids-dnsnames-00.txt Internet-Drafts directories are located at: o Africa Address: ftp.is.co.za (22.214.171.124) o Europe Address: nic.nordu.net (126.96.36.199) Address: ftp.nis.garr.it (188.8.131.52) o Pacific Rim Address: munnari.oz.au (184.108.40.206) o US East Coast Address: ds.internic.net (220.127.116.11) o US West Coast Address: ftp.isi.edu (18.104.22.168) Internet-Drafts are also available by mail. Send a message to: firstname.lastname@example.org. In the body type: "FILE /internet-drafts/draft-ietf-ids-dnsnames-00.txt". NOTE: The mail server at ds.internic.net can return the document in MIME-encoded form by using the "mpack" utility. To use this feature, insert the command "ENCODING mime" before the "FILE" command. To decode the response(s), you will need "munpack" or a MIME-compliant mail reader. Different MIME-compliant mail readers exhibit different behavior, especially when dealing with "multipart" MIME messages (i.e., documents which have been split up into multiple messages), so check your local documentation on how to manipulate these messages. For questions, please mail to Internet-Drafts@cnri.reston.va.us. Below is the data which will enable a MIME compliant mail reader implementation to automatically retrieve the ASCII version of the Internet-Draft.
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