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domains & namespaces

    Date: Mon, 2 May 88 17:30:02 EDT
    From:     pc@ctt.bellcore.com (Peter Clitherow)

    Under 7.2 (and 7.1) i can have a domain server resolve IP addresses
    for random hosts of the form a.b.c.d....

    unfortunately, if i wish to use a LOGIN service for this random
    host, i still have to put this host in my (or someone's LISPM)
    namespace in order for find-paths-to-service-on-host to work
    properly.  This sort of defeats the purpose of having domain
    servers at all, and means i have to put EVERY host i might want
    to talk to (1000s) in a namespace.

The problem is that whoever is responsible for the relevent domains
didn't put service entries in the domain database.  For domains which
are kept up-to-date this works fine (try to log into ai.ai.mit.edu and
you'll see that it correctly picks SUPDUP).

    After all, if the UN*X folks can get by with less inconvenience,
    why shouldn't we?

You can do just what the unix people have to: to the Terminal window you
can type "a.b.c.d :Connection Protocol whatever :Login Protocol whatever"

		       Does anyone else have a workaround/idea/whatever
    for this "problem"?

Beat on the relevent domain administrators.  Their using inferior
software is no excuse for not taking care of their responsibilities.