The TCP/IP Host Table Name System

The pioneers of the modern Internet made the first name system for the TCP/IP suite when they created simple files containing the names and addresses of the machines in the early ARPAnet, as explained in the preceding section. This system was so simple that it originally wasn't even formally specified as a name system per se. Since the files contained names for network hosts, the process for relating names to addresses was simply called the host name mechanism. Later, these files were called host tables, and for this reason, this technology is commonly called the TCP/IP host table name system.

As a system, it is extremely simple, since it consists of nothing more than a text file maintained on each machine on the ...

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