Jeff Weisberg on Tue, 15 Jul 2003 13:33:06 -0400

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Re: [PLUG] dig returns "Transfer failed", what to do?

| DNS terminology unfortunately DRASTICALLY misuses the word
| "canonical", but that really is what the C in CNAME stands for, last
| I read the RFC...

how so?

it uses the word in its usual computer science jargon
definition[1] of the word. which is, roughly:
	adj. the usual or standard state of something.

in DNS a CNAME record provides the canonical name (the standard
or official name) of something:

	mail		CNAME

'' is the canonical or standard name
of 'mail'.


[1] which, granted, is different than the canonical definition...

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