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From: Warner Losh <>
To: Will Senn <>
Cc: The Eunuchs Hysterical Society <>
Subject: Re: [TUHS] 4.3 BSD network name resolution
Date: Sat, 29 Jan 2022 15:13:25 -0700	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <> (raw)
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On Sat, Jan 29, 2022 at 2:49 PM Will Senn <> wrote:

> I'm working through 4.3BSD setup and configuration and came across this:
> "There is no equivalent service for network names yet. The full host and
> network name databases are normally derived from a file retrieved from
> Internet Network Information Center at SRI... use gettable to retrieve the
> NIC host database and htable to convert it to the format used by the
> libraries."
> Does this mean I should expect functionality like resolv.conf and ping
> not to work in 4.3, or by some miracle is gettable still a
> functional system?

DNS post-dates 4.3BSD. The first DNS RFC was published in Nov 1987. 4.3BSD
was June 1986. The host table update was a thing, but my school was far
enough off the beaten path that by the time we were on the internet, DNS
was a thing...


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  parent reply	other threads:[~2022-01-29 22:13 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 10+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2022-01-29 21:48 Will Senn
2022-01-29 21:56 ` Henry Bent
2022-01-29 22:08   ` Henry Bent
2022-01-29 23:02     ` Theodore Y. Ts'o
2022-01-29 22:13 ` Warner Losh [this message]
2022-01-29 22:25   ` George Michaelson
2022-01-29 22:35     ` Erik E. Fair
2022-01-29 22:59 ` Clem Cole
2022-01-29 23:24   ` Phil Budne
2022-01-30  0:09 ` Jeremy C. Reed

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