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From: Rob Raisch <raisch@internet.com>
Date: Fri, 10 Feb 1995 13:43:20 -0500
Message-Id: <199502101841.AA12909@ahhh.internet.com>
To: uri@bunyip.com, http-wg%cuckoo.hpl.hp.com@hplb.hpl.hp.com, Dan Connolly <connolly@hal.com>
Cc: connolly@hal.com
There are no HTTP servers that support multiple domain names per 
machine because they cannot under the current protocols.  (There are 
some versions of Unix which will support multiple peer IP addresses 
per host, but this is not the same thing.)

Outside of the DNS protocols, there are no domain names.  When a TCP
connection is made to a particular host, the only designators
available are the numeric IP and port addresses.

There are many reasons why the full URL needs to be provided when an
HTTP request is made.  I have suggested a number and this is one. 
Unfortunately, I don't see this happening easily -- due to the
installed base.

And if you really want to see some fur fly, suggest that DNS needs
to be modified.  <chuckle>  I've learned MY lesson on that score, I
can tell you.  Doesn't matter if the suggestion has merit.  The DNS
is considered -- by its authors and maintainers -- to be the most
important and fragile of all Internet technologies.  I'd rather 
suggest modifications to any established world religion.

Received on Friday, 10 February 1995 13:34:02 UTC

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