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Re: new port for DNS

From: Dirk.vanGulik <Dirk.vanGulik@jrc.it>
Date: Mon, 19 Jun 1995 10:29:18 +0200
Message-Id: <9506190829.AA01487@ jrc.it>
To: dupuy@smarts.com, uri@bunyip.com
Correct me if I am worg, but I strongly feel that this DNS
discussion could perhaps be sidestepped:

*WHEN* talking about a resolving mechanism, we want to resolve
a URN. In the DNS naming scheme we have a DNS name which specifies
the host which can resolve the URN for us. 

So we have *TWO* tasks; 

	A   resolving the host-name (through DNS)
	B   asking that host to resolve the URN.

Assume the <urn:dns:food.bar.eat.it:my.very.boring.doc.txt>

The existing dns system helps you to the IP address for food.bar.eat.it,
possibly by going al the way to a name server in the eat.it domain
which tells you the IP address.

With this IP address you start talking to the host at a certain well
known port which will resolve the 'my.very.boring.doc.txt' for you.

In short, with the DNS scheme (and any others IMHO) there is *no* need
for duplication the DNS resolving mechanism in the URN resolving 
mechanism. We'll just be talking to *two* ports; one to get the hostname
to IP address which gets us the resolving host, and the other one
to resolve the actual URN.

Dirk-Willem van Gulik

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