[not replying to anyone in particular]
I think we should make and maintain a seperation between two classes of
(reserved) symbols according to their fundamentally different origins:
-Required for one or more protocols to correctly function; and
-Reserved for administrative purposes (which may not hold true on another
Examples of the former would include localhost and perhaps arpa; examples of
the latter would include .example, .invalid, and gTLDs not in use (although a
third category might be useful for the latter, to be managed by ICANN).
The former should be encoded in RFCs, although I agree that a composite list
would be useful. The latter should, in my view, be recorded in a seperate
registry, to be maintained in a similar way to the services list (disclaimer:
I have no idea how the latter is presently maintained); in both cases,
subject to approval, anyone should be able to register a reserved TLD resp. a
network service, and in the latter case, be assigned a number.
In all cases, a flat-formatted text file similar to UNIX' services(5) list
should be made available.
Feel free to shoot me if any of the above is deemed heresy.
# Proud -net.kook- IRC bot overengineer
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From the fool file:
I don't see why the way people have historically partitioned disks should
dictate which kernels we build and distribute by default in the future.
--Darren Reed (darrenr(_at_)NetBSD(_dot_)org), NetBSD tech-kern
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