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Host mnemonics proposed in RFC 226 (NIC 7625) :: RFC0239

Network Working Group                                        R. Braden
Request for Comments:  #239                                  UCLA-CCN
NIC 7664                                                     23 September 1971
Categories: D.3
Related:  #226, 229, 236

                  HOST MNEMONICS PROPOSED IN RFC #226

   (Note from NIC: These are comments sent by R.Braden to P. Karp in NIC
   7626, and are now issued as NIC 7664, RFC 239 to include them in the
   dialogue along with RFC 226, 229, 236)

        CCN is in full agreement that a standard set of host mnemonics
   should be selected.  However, your proposed set is not fully

   1.  The set you suggest was created, I assume, by the systems
       programmer(s) who wrote TELNET in TENEX.  It is a set of
       historical accidents, and shows it.

   2.  A better source for standard mnemonics might be the NIC site
       codes, since these have been chosen with more care and will
       become familiar as we begin to use the NIC on-line.  Surely
       the NIC is a more reasonable source for a defacto standard
       than a particular system programmer.

   3.  Should mnemonics be limited to 6 characters?

   4.  The most recent list from BBN (NIC #7181, RFC #208,
       August 9, 1971) shows 40 hosts.  You show only 20.  Your
       proposed standard should include known hosts at this time.

   5.  The mnemonic "UCLA36" seems a particularly bad choice; "UCLA91"
       would be much better.

   6.  Also, we at CCN object to the short form "UCLA" for the NMC
       Sigma 7; that also is historical.  We propose the following:

           host 1: UCLAS7 or UCLANM;         host 65: UCLA91.

   7.  "SRIARC" is a poor choice; everybody calls it the NIC.  So we
       suggest "SRINIC" for host 2.

        Please, let's not perpetrate systems programmers' midnight
   decisions on all future Network users!  Standards are vital, and
   deserve a little care.

       [ This RFC was put into machine readable form for entry ]
       [ into the online RFC archives by BBN Corp. under the   ]
       [ direction of Alex McKenzie.                   12/96   ]

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