Favorite DNS?

Andrew McNabb amcnabb at mcnabbs.org
Fri Jul 27 10:43:54 MDT 2007

On Fri, Jul 27, 2007 at 12:35:58AM -0600, Michael L Torrie wrote:
> CNAME's are kind of funny aren't they.  Most of us probably think of the
> term (colloquially), "Canonical Name," as being exactly the reverse of
> what a CNAME is.  At least to me.

I think we just mix things up when we talk about it.  Suppose we have
the following:

athena	IN	A
www	IN	CNAME	athena

We imprecisely say stuff like "www is a CNAME for athena."  If we think
about the two lines together, though, we will say " is the
address for athena, and athena is the CNAME for www."  So www is the
alias, and athena is the canonical name.

If we were more careful, we probably wouldn't get confused.

Andrew McNabb
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