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

wbrown at e1b.org wbrown at e1b.org
Fri Apr 10 12:07:00 UTC 2015

> The question isn't "which side of a cname is the canonical name", the
> question is "why did they decide to call it 'canonical'" (as opposed to
> calling it some other word than 'canonical' that meant exactly the same
> thing as what 'canonical' means.

Hopefully the non-ascii comes through, if not follw URL.

"From Old French canon, from Latin can?n, from Ancient Greek κανών 
(kan?n, “measuring rod, standard”), akin to κάννα (k?nna, “reed”), 
perhaps from Semitic (compare Hebrew ????? (qane, “reed”)). See also 

https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/canon#English (link from entry for 

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