From: Mark Baker (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Tue Jun 13 2000 - 10:30:18 PDT
I'm feeling nostalgic. I was "tsltor!markb" from 92-94, and we ran mail
and news feeds out to some Torontonians without my management knowing.
Ah yes, Gopher via email over UUCP, those were the days.
Funny how we never had trouble using the system without a namespace
mechanism. We had name collisions, and the world didn't fall apart.
Names were only meaningful relative to other names, not in some global
UUCP is dead. Long live UUCP!
Motivation for This Memo
The UUCP Mapping Project started in the early 1980s as a means to
facilitate the exchange of electronic mail among sites using the UUCP
store-and-forward transport mechanism. This software, originally
part of the UNIX operating system became available on a variety of
operating systems and platforms, from large mainframe to small home
PC's. This was done by creating a single database of systems
connected to each other via UUCP and then using path building
software (such as pathalias) to determine the optimal path from one
system to another. Email addresses using this system incorporated the
use of the path as part of the address.
With the evolution of the Internet into mainstream use, the use of
UUCP for the exchange of electronic mail has been significantly
reduced. Today, UUCP is primarily used to link systems that are not
on the Internet to a nearby system that is connected. By use of mail
exchange resource records in the domain name system, these off-net
systems can use the now-standard Internet email address format.
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