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A Means for Expressing Location Information in the Domain Name System

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Network Working Group                                           C. Davis
Request for Comments: 1876                             Kapor Enterprises
Updates: 1034, 1035                                             P. Vixie
Category: Experimental                                 Vixie Enterprises
                                                              T. Goodwin
                                                            FORE Systems
                                                            I. Dickinson
                                                   University of Warwick
                                                            January 1996

 A Means for Expressing Location Information in the Domain Name System

Status of this Memo

   This memo defines an Experimental Protocol for the Internet
   community.  This memo does not specify an Internet standard of any
   kind.  Discussion and suggestions for improvement are requested.
   Distribution of this memo is unlimited.

1. Abstract

   This memo defines a new DNS RR type for experimental purposes.  This
   RFC describes a mechanism to allow the DNS to carry location
   information about hosts, networks, and subnets.  Such information for
   a small subset of hosts is currently contained in the flat-file UUCP
   maps.  However, just as the DNS replaced the use of HOSTS.TXT to
   carry host and network address information, it is possible to replace
   the UUCP maps as carriers of location information.

   This RFC defines the format of a new Resource Record (RR) for the
   Domain Name System (DNS), and reserves a corresponding DNS type
   mnemonic (LOC) and numerical code (29).

   This RFC assumes that the reader is familiar with the DNS [RFC 1034,
   RFC 1035].  The data shown in our examples is for pedagogical use and
   does not necessarily reflect the real Internet.

Davis, et al                  Experimental

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