NWG/RFC #289 21-DEC-71 16:29
What We Hope Is An Official List of Host Names Richard W. Watson
The enclosed is what we hope will be accepted as a list of
official formal host names and nicknames. As no other subject
worked on by the NWG has generated so much comment, it is
worthwhile to review briefly how this list came into being.
The need for some standard set of names recognized by NCP's and
Telnets and usable on hardcopy to designate a persons affiliation
had been recognized for some time and several sets of names were
Peggy Karp issued the first formal proposal of a set of standard
names in RFC 226
, NIC 7625. This proposal was answered by a
number of counter proposals and culminated in RFC 247
, NIC 7688.
People still were not happy with this proposal as names normally
associated with hosts or projects were not used.
At the last NWG meeting a number of people discussed the name
problem and agreed that the only reasonable compromise solution
was to have both formal names and nicknames and to let the people
at the hosts choose their own names within the guideline which the
previous dialog had seemed to agree on.
The guidelines were summarized in RFC 273
, NIC 7837 and the NIC
agreed to collect and publish the names that the people at each
host indicated they desired. A number of names were received and
a tentative list was published as RFC 280
, NIC 8060. More people
responded with their desired names or changed the ones in the
Almost all sites have since responded and the following list
I think people should feel free to change their host name when
ever the situation warrants.
Formal Name Nickname Network Address
BBN-NCC NCC 5