[standards-jig] Re: My IP Address

Justin Karneges justin-jdev at affinix.com
Sun Sep 7 19:03:49 UTC 2003

On Sunday 07 September 2003 03:32 am, Michael Brown wrote:
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Matthias Wimmer"
> > Hi Michael!
> >
> > Michael Brown schrieb am 2003-09-07 17:49:16:
> > > Can you tell me one?  I would love to know.
> >
> > Best: Use the users local SOCKS server
> > Other: Use a JEP-0065 proxy
> Your "Best" solution is vastly impractical for most home users [see
> previous email].  Even in larger networks where a SOCKS server is likely to
> exist, it requires the user to know what one is, and to configure their
> client to support it - at least with NAT + port forwarding there are no
> client side changes required (apart from maybe changing the port if the
> default one is being used).
> JEP0065 looks great and I would love to use it as a fallback, but it
> (currently) has even more draw backs.  I'm unsure what %age of clients are
> currently supporting it, but the chances are you will want to send a file
> to a client that doesn't.

I'd say the problem here is less about supporting JEP-0065 (this will change, 
I'm sure, as more clients implement the newer File Transfer specification) 
and more about the fact that a JEP-0065 proxy doesn't really solve the same 
problem that the finding the external IP address does.  Using the external IP 
address gives us one more direct-connect possibility before resorting to less 
desirable means (ie, any method that is not direct).

The bottom line is this:  if we don't get this feature in servers, then 
clients will be doing stupid things like requesting HTTP URLs to discover 
their IP address.


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