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[ih] how big was the host file
Which gave way to ?themes? - Sam Leffler set the UCB CRG theme to be famous
painters. I set the CAD to be drinks (not sure what that says about the
two of us).
On Wed, Feb 5, 2020 at 10:54 PM Guy Almes via Internet-history <
internet-history at elists.isoc.org> wrote:
> Two other phenomena of the years before the DNS came into use was
> that some sites would (in a sense) reserve a series of names so that, as
> host computers were acquired, these hosts would have related names.
> So the first phenomenon was the set of imaginative naming
> conventions, famously starting with the use of plants from the Sunset
> Garden book at PARC, were interesting in themselves. Names of planets
> and names of characters from Leave it to Beaver were among the less
> famous examples. Many members of this list can probably remember local
> examples. When the net was young, a given site might be known for such
> a name set, then if a new host that fit that name series came up,
> people would know/suspect that the host was from the site known for that
> set of names.
> The second phenomenon was the reserving of names for hosts that did
> not yet exist. This reserving was necessary to preserve the integrity
> of the logic of a series of names. But I mention it because, when I
> looked at a hosts.txt file in 1984, it seemed that the size of the file
> was significantly influenced by this 'reserving'.
> I mention this, in part, let anyone assume that the number of entries
> in a given hosts.txt file was an accurate estimate of the number of
> actually existing hosts.
> -- Guy
> On 2/5/20 16:52, Joseph Touch via Internet-history wrote:
> > FWIW - the host file was only for off-site systems; it was (AFAICT
> typically) augmented with the local list of hosts. At some places, ihis was
> fairly large as well.
> > Joe
> >> On Feb 5, 2020, at 2:15 PM, Brian E Carpenter via Internet-history <
> internet-history at elists.isoc.org> wrote:
> >> A little Google work got me:
> >> June 1985, 1528 hostnames.
> >> December 1986, 4480 hostnames.
> >> May 1987, 5343 hostnames.
> >> November 1988, 7083 hostnames.
> >> Compare these to the RFC1296 size estimates of the Internet:
> >> 1985: 1961 nodes
> >> 1986: 5089
> >> 1987: 28174
> >> 1988: 56000
> >> In other words, the NIC table was overwhelmed by growth by 1986 and its
> size had ceased to matter by then. From those numbers, it looks as if DNS
> superseded hosts.txt in practice around mid-1986. Read the introductory
> text of RFC1296 for more.
> >> Regards
> >> Brian Carpenter
> >> On 06-Feb-20 09:53, Michael Kj?rling via Internet-history wrote:
> >>> On 5 Feb 2020 20:33 +0000, from internet-history at elists.isoc.org
> (Jacques Latour via Internet-history):
> >>>> How big was the host file before the DNS came in action? 200K entries?
> >>> I'm not sure, but 200K entries sounds large.
> >>> RFCs 1034 and 1035 are dated November 1987. Though work began earlier,
> >>> that's probably a decent approximation for when "DNS came into
> >>> action".
> >>> RFC 1296 (January 1992) provides some data points on Internet growth
> >>> for the period 1981-1991. That one gives the number of hosts with an
> >>> IP address on the Internet in December 1987 as 28,174.
> >>> The next data point in that RFC is about half a year later, in July
> >>> 1988, at 33,000; followed by October 1988, 56,000.
> >>> Even taking into account that migrating to DNS probably wasn't
> >>> instant, my guess for the size of the hosts file in late 1987 would be
> >>> a lot closer to 20K entries than 200K.
> >>> Extrapolating from the data in RFC 1296, the Internet would have
> >>> passed 200K IP hosts some time in mid-1990, with some 85% of those
> >>> (net) added post-DNS.
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