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Re: Namespaces (was: new.net: yet another dns namespace overlayplay)

  • From: Vadim Antonov
  • Date: Thu Mar 08 06:28:23 2001



On 8 Mar 2001, Sean Donelan wrote:
 
> Somewhere along the process, DNS changed from an address space to to subject
> space.  As an address space, having globally-unique identifiers is important;
> but as a subject space, searching is more complicated because identifiers
> aren't unique.

That was inevitable. After all, FQDNs are human-readable.

"For every problem there is a simple and obvious solution. Usually that
solution is also wrong".  Hierarchial name spaces is a choice example of
obvious and wrong solution to global naming.
 
> DNS is not, nor ever was intended to be a general purpose search tool.  That
> was X.400/X.500's job :-)

Too bad they !*@!d it...
 
> If someone wanted to do something interesting, they would come up with a
> new RESOLVER library and interface which searched on something at a higher
> level than DNS names.

It is already done :) Yahoo, Google, Altavista, etc etc etc :)

Just stop issuing alhpanumeric domain names and use numerals only.

--vadim






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