Re: I-D; UUCP project conclusion

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From: Stephen D. Williams (
Date: Tue Jun 13 2000 - 12:35:39 PDT

Bang! You're dead! ;-) ! == "Bang" is uucp's lasting contribution. That and a
horror for unidirectional protocols and the spoofing modems to go with them. . ==
"dot" is even more useful.

I did uucp with Unix and DOS from 1987 to 1989. I also had a DDN TAC card (1200
baud) in 1987. I setup an actual network link for in 1990 and 1991.

Long live UCBVAX.



Mark Baker wrote:

> 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
> context.
> 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
> [snip]
> exchange resource records in the domain name system, these off-net
> systems can use the now-standard Internet email address format.
> MB

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