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DoD Internet host table specification :: RFC0810

Elizabeth Feinler                                         RFC 810
Ken Harrenstien                                      1 March 1982
Zaw-Sing Su                              References: RFC 811, 796
Vic White                                      Obsoletes: RFC 608
Network Information Center
SRI International



    The ARPANET Official Network Host Table, as outlined in RFC 608, no
   longer suits the needs of the DoD community, nor does it follow a
   format suitable for internetting.  This paper specifies a new host
   table format applicable to both ARPANET and Internet needs.

   In addition to host name to host address translation and selected
   protocol information, we have also included network and gateway name
   to address correspondence, and host operating system information.

   This Host Table is utilized by the DoD Host Name Server maintained by
   the ARPANET Network Information Center (NIC) on behalf of the Defense
   Communications Agency (DCA) (RFC 811).  It obsoletes the host table
   described in RFC 608.


   A machine-translatable ASCII text version of the new DoD Host Table
   is online in the file HOSTS.TXT on the SRI-NIC host.  It can
   be obtained by connecting to host SRI-NIC ( from your local
   FTP server, logging in as user=ANONYMOUS, password=GUEST, and doing a
   'get' on HOSTS.TXT.  The same table may also be obtained via
   the NIC Host Name Server.

   NOTE:  See Appendix A. for timeframe for cutover.


   1. A "name" (Net, Host, Gateway, or Domain name) is a text string up
   to 24 characters drawn from the alphabet (A-Z), digits (0-9), and the
   minus sign (-) and period (.).  No blank or space characters are
   permitted as part of a name.  No distinction is made between upper
   and lower case.  The first character must be a letter.  The last
   character must not be a minus sign or period.  A host which serves as
   a GATEWAY should have "-GATEWAY" or "-GW" as part of its name.  A
   host which is a TIP or a TAC should have  "-TIP" or "-TAC" as part of
   its host name, if it is an ARPANET or DoD host.

   2. Internet Addresses are 32-bit addresses (RFC 796).  In the host
   table described herein each address is represented by four decimal
   numbers separated by a period.  Each decimal number represents 1

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   3. If the first bit of the first octet of the address is 0 (zero),
   then the next 7 bits of the first octet indicate the network number
   (Class A Address).  If the first two bits are 1,0 (one,zero), then
   the next 14 bits define the net number (Class B Address).  If the
   first 3 bits are 1,1,0 (one,one,zero), then the next 21 bits define
   the net number (Class C Address) (RFC 796).

   This is depicted in the following diagram:

   |0|  NET <-7-> |      LOCAL ADDRESS  <-24->                    |

   |1 0|       NET  <-14->        |  LOCAL ADDRESS  <-16->        |

   |1 1 0|           NET  <-21->                  | LOCAL ADDRESS |

   4. The LOCAL ADDRESS portion of the internet address identifies a
   host within the network specified by the NET portion of the address.

   5. For the ARPANET (a Class A network), the NET address is 10
   (decimal) and the LOCAL ADDRESS maps as follows: the second octet
   defines the physical host, the third octet defines the logical host,
   and the fourth defines the IMP.

   |0|     10      |    HOST       | LOGICAL HOST |      IMP      |

   (NOTE:  RFC 796 describes the local address mappings for several
   other networks.)

   6.  It is the responsibility of the user using this host table to
   translate it into whatever format is needed for his or her purposes.

   7. Names and Addresses for DoD networks, gateways, and hosts will be
   negotiated and registered with the Network Information Center
   (NIC@SRI-NIC or (415) 859-4775) before being used and before traffic
   is passed by a DoD host.  For an interim period the NIC will attempt
   to keep similar information for non-DoD networks and hosts if this
   information is provided, and as long as it is needed, i.e., until
   intercommunicating network name servers are in place.


   NET : : ARPANET :

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   NET : : LCSNET :
   GATEWAY :, : MIT-GW :: MOS : IP/GW :


   ; (semicolon)      is used to denote the beginning of a comment.
                      Any text on a given line following a ';' is
                      comment, and not part of the host table.

   NET                keyword introducing a network name/address entry

   GATEWAY            keyword introducing a gateway name/address entry

   HOST               keyword introducing a host name/address entry

   : (colon)          is used as a field delimiter

   :: (2 colons)      indicates a null field

   , (comma)          is used as a data element delimiter

   XXX/YYY            indicates protocol information of the type

      where TRANSPORT/SERVICE options are specified as

         "FOO/BAR" - both transport and service known
         "FOO"     - transport known; services not known or not
                     running, OR
         "BAR"     - name is known, what it does is not

         NOTE:  See Appendices B and C for specific options and

   Each host table entry is an ASCII text string comprised of 6 fields,

      Field 1 = KEYWORD indicating whether this entry pertains
                to a NET, GATEWAY, or HOST.  NET entries cannot have
                alternate addresses or nicknames.
      Field 2 = Internet Address of Network, Gateway, or Host
                followed by alternate addresses
      Field 3 = Official Name of Network, Gateway, or Host
                (with optional nicknames)
      Field 4 = Machine Type
      Field 5 = Operating System
      Field 6 = Protocol List

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   Fields 4, 5 and 6 are optional.

   Fields 3-6, if available, pertain to the first address in Field 2.

   'Blanks' (spaces and tabs) are ignored between data elements or
   fields, but are disallowed within a data element.

   Each entry ends with a colon.

   The host table will be sorted by internet address.


   A. Parsing grammar

    ::=  ":"  ":"  [":" []
                      [":" []  [":" [] ]]] ":"
::= "." "." "." ::= <0 to 255 decimal> ::= | | *["," ] ::= ::= ::= ::= ::= *["," ] ::= "/" | B. Lexical grammar ::= [ ] ::= ::= NET | GATEWAY | HOST ::= [*[]] ::= PDP-11/70 | DEC-1080 | C/30 | CDC-6400...etc. ::= ITS | MULTICS | TOPS20 | UNIX...etc. ::= TCP | NCP | UDP | IP...etc. ::= TELNET | FTP | SMTP | MTP...etc. ::= ::= ";" Notes: 1. Zero or more 'blanks' between separators " , : " are allowed. 'Blanks' are spaces and tabs. 2. Continuation lines are lines that begin with at least one blank. They may be used anywhere 'blanks' are legal to split an entry across lines. [Page 4] 1 March 1982 RFC 810 Host Table Specification BIBLIOGRAPHY 1. Feinler, E. and Kudlick, M. Host Names Online, RFC 608, Network Information Center, SRI International, Jan. 1973. 2. Postel, J. Assigned Numbers, RFC 790, Information Sciences Inst., Univ. of Southern Calif., Marina Del Rey, Sept. 1981. 3. Postel, J. Internet Protocol, RFC 791, Information Sciences Inst., Univ. of Southern Calif., Marina Del Rey, Sept. 1981. 4. Postel, J. Address Mappings, RFC 796, Information Sciences Inst., Univ. of Southern Calif., Marina Del Rey, Sept. 1981. 5. Feinler, E., Harrenstien, K., Su, Z. and White, V. Official DoD Internet Host Table Specification, RFC 810, Network Information Center, SRI International, March 1, 1982. [Page 5] RFC 810 1 March 1982 Host Table Specification APPENDIX A. CUTOVER DETAILS The cutover date for use of the new host table is 1 May 1982. The table below indicates which files will contain the old or the new versions of the host table for what period of time. After 1 August 1982, the old format for HOSTS.TXT (specified in RFC-608) will no longer be supported. -------------------------------------------------------------------- May 1982 June-July 1982 August 1982 on -------------------------------------------------------------------- HOSTS.TXT HOSTS.TXT HOSTS.TXT old version new version new version NHOSTS.TXT NHOSTS.TXT old version new version (test) new version discontinued OHOSTS.TXT OHOSTS.TXT old version old version -------------------------------------------------------------------- These periods of overlap should give implementors time to make the necessary changes to programs accessing this file. [Page 6] 1 March 1982 RFC 810 Host Table Specification APPENDIX B. TRANSPORT/SERVICE OPTIONS AND ACRONYMS Current TRANSPORT/SERVICE options are: IP TCP/FTP IP/GW TCP/MTP NCP TCP/NNS NCP/FTP TCP/RJE NCP/RJE TCP/SMTP NCP/SMTP TCP/TELNET NCP/TELNET TCP/TFTP NCP/NNS UDP NVP TCP Note: "TCP" implies IP is also implemented Acronym definitions for the above protocol options are: FTP - File Transfer Protocol GW - Gateway Protocol IP - Internet Protocol MTP - Mail Transfer Protocol NCP - Network Control Protocol NNP - NIC Internet Name Server Protocol NVP - Network Voice Protocol RJE - Remote Job Entry Protocol SMTP - Simple Mail Transfer Protocol TELNET - TELNET Protocol TCP - Transmission Control Protocol TFTP - Trivial File Transfer Protocol UDP - User Datagram Protocol [Page 7] RFC 810 1 March 1982 Host Table Specification APPENDIX C. OPERATING SYSTEM ACRONYMS Current operating system acronyms are: ASP KRONOS RSX11M VMS AUGUST MCP RT11 WAITS BKY MOS SCOPE CCP MPX-RT SIGNAL DOS/360 MULTICS SINTRAN ELF MVT TENEX EPOS NOS TOPS10 EXEC-8 NOS/BE TOPS20 GCOS OS/MVS TSS GPOS OS/MVT UNIX ITS RIG VM/370 INTERCOM RSX11 VM/CMS [Page 8]