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The Eternal Non-Existence of SINK.ARPA (and other stories)

Document Type Expired Internet-Draft (individual in gen area)
Expired & archived
Authors Joe Abley , Ólafur Guðmundsson
Last updated 2015-10-14 (Latest revision 2010-01-21)
RFC stream Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)
Intended RFC status Best Current Practice
Stream WG state (None)
Document shepherd (None)
IESG IESG state Expired (IESG: Dead::Revised I-D Needed)
Action Holders
Consensus boilerplate Unknown
Telechat date (None)
Responsible AD Ralph Droms
IESG note
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This document specifies a fully-qualified domain name in the Domain Name System (DNS) that can be relied upon never to exist. The availability of a name in the DNS which is guaranteed not to exist has useful operational applications. This document also provides a procedural framework for other names that have special characteristics to be reserved, and for those special characteristics to be codified as modifications to the normal ARPA administration process.


Joe Abley
Ólafur Guðmundsson

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