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

Jelte Jansen jelte.jansen at sidn.nl
Mon Apr 13 13:24:44 UTC 2015

On 04/10/2015 06:28 PM, Fred Morris wrote:
> But gee, people keep going to example.com instead of www.example.com. I'd
> better create a CNAME which says "if you're visiting example.com, you
> really should be going to www.example.com".
> But I can't do that.

...and that's why it's called canonical name and not alias-for-type, so
that it doesn't get misused for scenarios such as this ;) Is this still
terminology or does it enter into clarification territory?


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