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Received: and sending IP

2011-09-02 13:03:53
A while ago I asked a few of the DRUMS veterans off-list why it was that they 
chose to record the client IP address in a parenthesized (and thus, comment) 
part of a Received: field in RFC5321.  The answers I got were of the 
we-know-it's-weird, held-our-noses form, but alas I can't find the emails 

So if someone can spare a few cycles, can I get a refresher?  In particular, 
since the form of Received: is basically a set of <preposition> <data> pairs 
(e.g., "from foo by bar with baz for user"), why not add a "via" or suchlike 
and stick the IP information there?

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