1993-04-12 - Re: Distributed anonymous posting (was Re: Many Important Items…)

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From: sdw@sdwsys.lig.net (Stephen D. Williams)
To: hughes@soda.berkeley.edu (Eric Hughes)
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UTC Datetime: 1993-04-12 18:20:59 UTC
Raw Date: Mon, 12 Apr 93 11:20:59 PDT

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From: sdw@sdwsys.lig.net (Stephen D. Williams)
Date: Mon, 12 Apr 93 11:20:59 PDT
To: hughes@soda.berkeley.edu (Eric Hughes)
Subject: Re: Distributed anonymous posting (was Re: Many Important Items...)
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> A soft node necessity: a directory lookup service, distributed,
> sharing data.  Merely specifying the first point of contact and
> alternate paths doesn't cut it.  You don't want to have to retry a
> bounced message so many times.
> Who here knows enough about sendmail to consider the eventual
> feasibility of integrating pseudonym lookup into mail transfer?
> Eric

Hey, no problem!

Just use the same escape call as the uucp pathalias.

When integrating an Internet/DNS aware gateway with 1200 Unix workstations
using /etc/hosts (no domain) and an X.400 connection to a VMS X.400 backbone,
I hooked in a little C program that converted all the addressing to proper
formats while also looking up userid's <-> fullnames in a B+tree database.
I even did fuzzy matching on names on a best-unique or exact basis.

Blew away X.500 functionality, which Dec and HP didn't even have integrated
with X.400 at the time.

Just need a program that takes an address on the command line and returns
it possibly modified with a yey or ney return code.