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 From:  Christiaens Joachim <jchristi at oce dot be>
 To:  "'James W. McKeand'" <james at mckeand dot biz>, "'Monowall (E-mail)'" <m0n0wall at lists dot m0n0 dot ch>
 Subject:  RE: [m0n0wall] New Name for Alias
 Date:  Thu, 10 Feb 2005 00:06:51 +0100
> -----Original Message-----
> From: James W. McKeand [mailto:james at mckeand dot biz] 
> Sent: woensdag 9 februari 2005 23:50
> To: 'Monowall (E-mail)'
> Subject: RE: [m0n0wall] New Name for Alias
> 
> 
> Josh McAllister wrote:
> > How about:
> > "Hosts" Or "Host Aliases"
> > 
> > Perhaps it could even be stored as /etc/hosts and parsed from
> there...
> > this would kill 2 birds with 1 stone. Of course I'm sure someone
> would
> > complain that they did not want these "aliases" to affect name 
> > resolution... but for most I think it would be an added benefit.
> > 
> > Thoughts?
> 
> I specifically avoided the name "Hosts" to avoid an implied 
> name resolution conflict. I don't think the same sub-system 
> handles name resolution and these "aliases". 
> 
> The following is what I think, I could be wrong.  The aliases 
> were created as a mechanism to simplify rule 
> creation/management in the WebGUI, nothing more. When the 
> config.xml is parsed, the aliases in the rule sets are 
> replaced with the IP address from the alias entries. This is 
> why the output of ipnat and ipfstat does not mention the aliases.
> 
> My personal favorite would be "Placeholder" or "IP 
> Placeholder". "Pseudonym" and "nom de plume" were just 
> entries that popped up when I had Word2003 lookup "alias" in 
> the thesaurus. Does anyone know the French word for address? 
> We could have "name of address" or "nom de <insert French for 
> address>".

"Nom d'adresse" ;)

Watchguard just uses the name "alias" too... never confused me in fact.