[ih] Hosts.txt

William Plummer William.Plummer at alum.mit.edu
Mon Dec 17 11:10:23 PST 2007

I searched my listings but failed to find a HOSTS.TXT .    However, I did
find Tomlinson's RDMAIL.MAC from Oct-72 and SNDMSG.MAC from early '73.  As
time allows, I'll try to figure out how SNDMSG looked up host
ddresses.  --Bill
  -----Original Message-----
  From: internet-history-bounces at postel.org
[mailto:internet-history-bounces at postel.org]On Behalf Of E;izabeth Feinler
  Sent: Monday, December 17, 2007 1:35 PM
  To: Stephane Bortzmeyer; Vint Cerf
  Cc: internet-history at postel.org
  Subject: Re: [ih] Hosts.txt

  I will be down to the Computer History Museum on Thursday and will see
what I can find for you. Any list I find will be in hardcopy, so will have
to be scanned to use online. Just out of curiosity what are you doing that
involves old hosts.txt lists? I couldn't imagine that anyone would want to
see one. Guess I shouldn't throw anything away (not that I ever did.) :-)



  On Dec 17, 2007, at 2:15 AM, Stephane Bortzmeyer wrote:

    On Sat, Dec 15, 2007 at 04:53:52PM -0800,
    E;izabeth Feinler <feinler at earthlink.net> wrote
    a message of 13 lines which said:

      someone is interested in a copy of the old Hosts.txt list.

    This is me (original message attached).

      How far back do you want to go?

    The further away, the better. Ideally, RFC 608 time (1974).

    All the copies found until now use IPv4 addresses. Except this one

      Are you interested in the format, the names of the hosts, or what?

    The format is described in the RFC but I'm interested in the size and
    in the actual data.

    From: Stephane Bortzmeyer <bortzmeyer at nic.fr>
    Date: December 13, 2007 2:19:48 AM PST
    To: internet-history at postel.org
    Subject: Old version of HOSTS.TXT available?

    I'm searching for an old version of HOSTS.TXT, preferrably somewhere
    around RFC 608 (1974). The only one I know is a much recent version

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