[e2e] What if there were no well known numbers?
braden at ISI.EDU
Fri Aug 4 12:46:39 PDT 2006
At 10:39 PM 8/2/2006 -0400, David P. Reed wrote:
>The concept of "well-known ports" was built for a world in which there was
>no lookup function, no DNS - in fact for a world where people typed
>addresses in octal, long before there was a naming service (even before
>the hosts file).
Well, not exactly. It was (deliberately) built for a world in which we did
not want increased communication fragility resulting
from DNS lookup failures. Maybe that concern no longer seems real, but
it was the concern.
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