[dns-operations] Why are cnames called "canonical" names?

Mark E. Jeftovic markjr at easydns.com
Fri Apr 10 01:28:57 UTC 2015

Thanks but that page doesn't go into why the term "canonical" was
adopted, as opposed to "alias" (which makes sense), or even "knickname",
"doppelganger" or something like "pointer".

Somebody did send me a very comprehensive background off list which goes
back to Kernighan & Ritchie's "C" book.

- mark

Roland Dobbins wrote:
> On 10 Apr 2015, at 6:26, Mark E. Jeftovic wrote:
>> Is it in the "accepted as genuine" sense of "included in the list of
>> sacred books officially accepted as genuine" definition of "canonical"
>> that led to this?
> <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CNAME_record>
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