Caching Architectural Considerations

From: Robert Kiessling <>
Date: Thu, 31 Oct 1996 01:28:29 +0200 (MEST)

Brian W. Spolarich writes:
[Problem: how to point the users to the nearest proxy server]

Maybe there's another alternative.

Tell the users to simply use "proxy" as proxy and let DNS do the work.

To be more specific. Say you have three networks,, and I am assuming that networks and DNS domains are closely
related. and shall use and shall use

Furthermore, define CNAME aliases -> -> ->

Then users at point their resolver to some nameserver at,
dito for and Furthermore, the resolvers and the name
servers at, and are configured so they append, and, resp., to unqualified domain names.

So if some user at resolved the name "proxy", it asks the local
nameserver at for it. The nameserver sees that that name is
unqualified and adds "", resulting in "". This is
of couse resolved to

Similarly, get to and gets to, as

Just some weird thoughts,


Robert Kiessling                               Easynet DV GmbH
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Received on Wed Oct 30 1996 - 15:29:08 MST

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