Christopher R. Hertel crh at
Thu Dec 28 03:55:32 GMT 2000

Kevin Colby wrote:
> I think that NT machine names may contain a period, which is unfortunate,
> because the clearly analogous syntax would be:
> smb://[user:passwd@][server.]workgroup/[share/]
> Just to check, that is the case, right?

As of W/NT4 Windows started interpreting the dot to mean that the name was
a DNS name rather than a NetBIOS name.  So, the dot is no longer allowed
in a NetBIOS name though other implementations allow it.

If the URI syntax allows a dot in the NetBIOS name, then we will need 
another mechanism to distinguish scope.

Chris -)-----

Christopher R. Hertel -)-----                   University of Minnesota
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