[rescue] - hosts.txt from early or mid-1980's
aewing at gmail.com
Tue Feb 26 02:13:39 CST 2008
On Mon, Feb 25, 2008 at 10:35 PM, Scott Mickey <mickey at denver.net> wrote:
> Before DNS, there was just a single hosts.txt file.
> Everyone downloaded it from SRI-NIC (anon ftp to 10.0.0.73).
> Many RFC's and web pages about the history of DNS describe
> the hosts.txt file. However, I cannot find an actual
> hosts.txt file from the early or mid-1980's.
> RFC 920, dated October 1984, talks about a temporary
> Top Level Domain = .arpa and several new TLD's:
> .gov, .edu, .com, .mil, and .org.
> I would like to see a version of hosts.txt that has these
> "new" TLD's. I am fairly certain such a hosts.txt was
> being maintained before DNS (BIND) was widely deployed.
Here's one from '88:
> Why do I want an old hosts.txt?
> I am curious to see a list of the first 100 or so .com
> domains in existence.
IMHO, that would be a pretty masochistic way to get your list--there's
no concept of chronology within them and there's *lots* of lines to
parse. Luckily, the dirty work has already been done for you:
Hope that helps,
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