Definitions for talking about directories

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Author Harald Alvestrand 
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        RFC 3254

        Title:      Definitions for talking about directories
        Author(s):  H. Alvestrand
        Status:     Informational
        Date:       April 2002
        Pages:      11
        Characters: 21541
        Updates/Obsoletes/SeeAlso:    None

        I-D Tag:    draft-alvestrand-directory-defs-03.txt


When discussing systems for making information accessible through the
Internet in standardized ways, it may be useful if the people who are
discussing it have a common understanding of the terms they use.

For example, a reference to this document would give one the power to
agree that the DNS (Domain Name System) is a global lookup repository
with perimeter integrity and loose, converging consistency.  On the
other hand, a LDAP (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol) directory
server is a local, centralized repository with both lookup and search

This document discusses one group of such systems which is known under
the term, "directories".

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