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Question on Aliases

krish chandru
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Joined: Apr 27, 2001
Posts: 39
All,
I am trying web application creation with tomcat.
My friend educated me that anyone in n/w can access my machine by http://<mymachine-name>/<app context>
I dont understand the concept behind aliasing.
How will a remote machine know that this alias is for my machine. As my knowledge goes a machine can be loacted only by the IP isn't it ? Who sits in the middle and do this conversion ? Is there any program running in the client to decipher aliases to IPs ?
Kindly enlighten
krish chandru
Cindy Glass
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Joined: Sep 29, 2000
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The network software handles the aliasing.
Moving to General Computing.


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Lewin Chan
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Joined: Oct 10, 2001
Posts: 214
Hej,
If you're talking about converting <my-machinename> to an ip address
In a TCP/IP network, generally name -> ip address resolution is performed by a DNS server. (discounting other things like WINS / LMHOSTS).
You shouldn't have to worry about who sits in the middle and makes the translation from name to number, it happens transparently. I'm sure that those people you have to write the actual socket implementation would disagree with me, but then I'm not as clever as they are
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