[rescue] - hosts.txt from early or mid-1980's

Ahmed Ewing 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:
> Hello,
>  Before DNS, there was just a single hosts.txt file.
>  Everyone downloaded it from SRI-NIC (anon ftp to
>  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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