XMPP, Connect Server, and SRV

Andreas Monitzer pidgin at monitzer.com
Fri Oct 17 05:43:15 EDT 2008

On Oct 17, 2008, at 10:55, Sebastiaan Deckers wrote:

> Not as alien as you think it might be. In fact I'm involved in a  
> project just like.
> Imagine a network of people who sign up with their existing email  
> address. These addresses could be used by the network as XMPP IDs.  
> So a user could log in with Pandion or Pidgin or any other XMPP  
> client using an ID "billg at microsoft.com" and set the connect server  
> as "some-huge-xmpp-cluster.org"
> That cluster could support huge numbers of domains and users which  
> don't yet have SRV records.
> Seems like a valid use case to me, and SRV lookups of the connect  
> server makes it that much easier to implement.

Just because you're breaking the concepts of XMPP doesn't mean pidgin  
should be able to handle this. You wouldn't want anybody to be able to  
sign up for an email account for billg at microsoft.com on your server  
either, would you?

Mind you, it's fine that you implement it that way as long as you keep  
it a walled garden, but adding support for your private changes to the  
protocol shouldn't be part of an official XMPP plugin.

btw, A records allow load balancing, too (just weights are not  
supported I think).


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