Re: Probing....

George Michaelson <G.Michaelson@cc.uq.oz.au> Sat, 16 May 1992 01:40 UTC

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Subject: Re: Probing....
In-reply-to: Your message of "Fri, 15 May 92 12:27:11 +0100." <10246.705929231@xtel.co.uk>
Date: Sat, 16 May 92 10:50:26 +1000
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From: George Michaelson <G.Michaelson@cc.uq.oz.au>

  The other disadvantage is that some software (e.g. PP) is beginning to
  use the directory and is dependent, to some extent, on it being
  available.  It would seem to me therefore that the sooner you knew it
  wasn't and fixed it the better.

Much tho I love running PP, this is the worst of all possible reasons
to state for needing to check on the directory availability. If PP is
making unwarranted assumptions about the availability of a global directory
service then PP needs to address this by suitable fallbacks.

I don't think the directory is within spitting distance of being as reliable
as DNS for instance... 

-George