Re: regarding illegally formed address and commands Tue, 24 December 1996 17:45 UTC

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To: Jack De Winter <>
Subject: Re: regarding illegally formed address and commands
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On Tue, 24 Dec 1996 01:41:37 EST, "Jack De Winter" said:
> Um... actually, according to the RFC821 grammar (which we are all
> bound to until 821bis is finished), the domain part of the address
> itself is a series of parts, each separated by dots, with an
> alphabetic at the front; alphas, numerics, and a dash in the middle;
> and an alpha or numeric character at the end.
> i.e. is legal, as is, but,, and
> are illegal... according to 821 at least.

RFC821 was amended by RFC1123. Section 2.1  states:

   2.1  Host Names and Numbers

      The syntax of a legal Internet host name was specified in RFC-952
      [DNS:4].  One aspect of host name syntax is hereby changed: the
      restriction on the first character is relaxed to allow either a
      letter or a digit.  Host software MUST support this more liberal

So is legal (as is, but I believe that and
are still illegal.  You may wish to read all the *rest* of RFC1122 and 1123,
and see what *other* RFC's they modified and clarified, and look to see if
they require any code changes in SLMail...

				Valdis Kletnieks
				Computer Systems Engineer
				Virginia Tech