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Domain name system? Should I RFV this, or could someone correct it? DNS usually means either 1) a single domain name server or 2) the domain name service run on a domain name server. Something is pretty wrong with how it is described here, I think. --Connel MacKenzie T C 21:40, 18 June 2006 (UTC) 21:42, 18 June 2006 (UTC)
IMO, I believe your sense 1) "domain name server' is just plain wrong. People say "the DNS" meaning either the entire distributed database or only that part of it which they manage. When they want to refer to the server they always, in my experience, say "DNS server". Now, "the DNS" is the data on a DNS server, but then they're referring to that part of the database, not the server itself. (Wikipedia is muddling meanings.) --kop 22:03, 18 June 2006 (UTC)
I think all three are possible ! — Vildricianus 22:13, 18 June 2006 (UTC)
I was referring to the DNS servers that I run. Yes, in some contexts I'll call it a "DNS server" but most of the time I'll call it a "DNS." --Connel MacKenzie T C 22:17, 18 June 2006 (UTC)
Ok. Maybe we need another definition. One last check: When you say "DNS" are you referring to the physical computer hardware or the implimentation of the computer software you use? Or both? Or the hardware and the software and the data -- the actual names and numbers -- all together? (If you're referring to just the data, then what you're referring to is part of the Domain Name _System_, the database itself. "I'm going to go update the DNS, i.e. change the data." rather than "I'm going to go update the DNS, i.e. replace a disk drive.") The other possibility is that you're using Microsoft software, and there's some whole new big fuzzy referent out there that's larger than the IETF DNS. I tried to capture a related big fuzzy referent by adding additional definitions and usage notes to domain, which means something different to the Microsoft clique and to the IPX/Novell Netware crowd (I'm not sure exactly what) than it does in the traditional Unix/Internet community. --kop 02:23, 19 June 2006 (UTC)