Brad Huntting writes:
> >> | Subject: And the Funky Hostname Award for this week goes to:
> >> | 129_179_75_12.cdc.com
> >Pity the poor buggers who have to update all the references to this host
> >when it moves to another network.... and it _will_
> Are you sure this is the same name the host uses _inside_ the
> My workstation at U S WEST used to be known to the Internet at large as
> H130-13-17-11.uswest.com or some such (at least that's what the PTR
> records told the rest of the world). But the internal DNS called it
> futureworld.advtech.uswest.com. Dont blaim me, I inherited the DNS
> hiding mandate.
> The 129_179_75_12.cdc.com domain name is a bad choice for two reasons:
> First, it begins with a number (this may not violate an rfc, but it
> will break plenty of other things), second it uses underscores (which
> will make it difficult for you to send mail to ibm :-).
While I'm not in charge of our DNS and can't speak with utmost authority
wrt this particular address, in general we hide most of our internal DNS
structure (or we are supposed to). In addition, we have many workstations
(like Macintoshes) which sit behind routers that provide their IP address
dynamically and have little requirement for a friendly name but do need
_some_ name for reverse mapping in order to access places like uunet, etc.
I agree that 129_179_75_12.cdc.com is a poor choice and will bring it to
the attention of the appropriate folks.
We don't manufacture mainframes or anyframes these days, we're into that
systems integration thing with a strong focus in providing electronic
messaging integration with X.400/SMTP backbones and X.500 directory services.
C. Gordon Jenkins tel: +1 404 641 4522
fax: +1 404 641 4502
Control Data Systems, Inc. email: Gordon .