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[ih] how big was the host file
On 5 Feb 2020, at 23:15, Brian E Carpenter via Internet-history wrote:
> November 1988, 7083 hostnames.
In 1986 I was hired to work on hs.c which converted HOSTS.TXT to DNS zone file(s). This at SUNET/NorduNET to prepare for our connection which was added between KTH and JvNC in late November 1988 (we can say December 1, 1988).
Our networks (like 22.214.171.124/16) are in the list above, but none of the hosts.
I think we from October 1996 did run mostly DNS where we could.
So I agree with people saying DNS took over 1986-1988, specifically when large(r) number of hosts where added like the addition of large portions of Europe during the late 1980-ies (and similar additions in the US I presume). Much thanks to Cisco starting to deliver their first routers.
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