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IP address -- Location mapping

>In article <hYiq4.26$M31.1981@burlma1-snr2>,
>Barry Margolin  <barmar@bbnplanet.com> wrote:
>>In article <88c02c$md1$1@nyheter.chalmers.se>,
>>Vilhelm Bergman <d96v@dtek.chalmers.se> wrote:
>>>RFCs 1712 and 1876 are proposed standards for mapping
>>>hostnames/IP-addresses to geographical locations.
>>
>>They're useless for most purposes to which people want to put geographic
>>data, since they assume the DNS administrator will enter true data.

I don't think I've ever revealed my motivation for getting involved in
the project that became RFC 1876.  Back in those days, I was partly
responsible for the UK UUCP maps.  It was my belief that by the
mid-90s, the UUCP maps were long past their sell-by date, and should be
eradicated.

One argument used by those in favour of keeping the maps around (almost
always people who didn't actually have to maintain them) was "the UUCP
maps contain useful geographical data: you can't put that in the DNS".
RFC 1876 was my answer to them.

I'm not surprised that it has never been widely used, although I'd still
love to see a "visual traceroute" program.

Tim.
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Original headers:

From: tjg@star.le.ac.uk (Tim Goodwin)
Newsgroups: comp.protocols.tcp-ip
Subject: Re: IP address -- Location mapping
Date: 24 Feb 2000 17:07:56 -0000
Organization: A poorly-installed InterNetNews site
Message-ID: <893oi2$1js$1@ltpcg.star.le.ac.uk>
References: <87ntas$j13$1@nnrp1.deja.com> <88c02c$md1$1@nyheter.chalmers.se>
  <hYiq4.26$M31.1981@burlma1-snr2> <88gjsb$9ci$1@nyheter.chalmers.se>

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