lower caste berkeley?


MOCKAPETRIS@USC-ISIB.ARPA
22 Apr 1986 13:02:10 PST


Ole,

The lower case of berkeley in the host tables torpedoes TOPS-20 as well
as UNIX, or at least some TOPS-20s and some UNIXes.

This morning I went to send a message to This morning I went to send a message to KJD@monet.berkeley.edu. Since
I don't touch type, I hit escape after typing I don't touch type, I hit escape after typing kjd@monet to SNDMSG.
SNDMSG happily completed this to SNDMSG happily completed this to kjd@monet.berkeley.edu. Fine. Moving
on, I hit CR to type the text. SNDMSG said "? No such host".
Evidently, its in the table, so when SNDMSG reads the whole table it
finds it, but when GTHST is asked to retrieve its address, names with
lower case lose. Perhaps bad hashing. The lower case names are also
invisible to cnvhst.

I'm not really complaining that you did it, it has always seemed to me
that such case-sensitivity was in poor taste in any system, but just
wanted to mention that UNIX wasn't the only guilty party.

paul
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