Re: [spec] mercury highlights ☿️

Bradley D. Thornton Bradley at NorthTech.US
Sun Feb 28 20:28:07 GMT 2021

On 2/28/2021 11:23 AM, Ben wrote:
> Any reason why port 1958 is chosen? I was thinking if it's adjacent to
> Gemini (minus TLS) then why not something like 1964? Not unlike XMPP's
> use of 5222 and 5223.

Project Mercury ran from 1958 - 1963. Gemini uses port 1965 based on
this same homage to the manned space programs leading up the the Apollo
moon landing.

More info on that here:

And since we're talking port numbers, that brings up another matter.
Stephanie posted (or maybe I just read it  on her page?) about a
collision w/Tivoli on TCP 1965. She referred to  it as a 'serious' conflict.

No offense, but I don't see that as an issue at all. It's a
non-privileged port and there are  several instances where different
types of services use the same ports with respect to UDP or TCP (even in

I checked /etc/services on Debian Bullseye and Slackware -current just
now and don't see port 1965 or Tivoli even mentioned.

NOTE: This is not to say that it's not relevant or perhaps important to
address, as Stephanie suggests.

Here's something pertinent to that, as well as user accessibility:

```: A shitload of gobbledygook (noise) that prolly nobody wants to hear

# From ``Assigned Numbers'':
#> The Registered Ports are not controlled by the IANA and on most systems
#> can be used by ordinary user processes or programs executed by ordinary
#> users.
#> Ports are used in the TCP [45,106] to name the ends of logical
#> connections which carry long term conversations.  For the purpose of
#> providing services to unknown callers, a service contact port is
#> defined.  This list specifies the port used by the server process as its
#> contact port.  While the IANA can not control uses of these ports it
#> does register or list uses of these ports as a convienence to the
#> community.
socks           1080/tcp                        # socks proxy server
socks           1080/udp
proofd          1093/tcp
proofd          1093/udp
rootd           1094/tcp
rootd           1094/udp
openvpn         1194/tcp
openvpn         1194/udp
rmiregistry     1099/tcp                        # Java RMI Registry
rmiregistry     1099/udp
kazaa           1214/tcp
kazaa           1214/udp
nessus          1241/tcp                        # Nessus vulnerability
nessus          1241/udp                        #  assessment scanner
lotusnote       1352/tcp        lotusnotes      # Lotus Note
lotusnote       1352/udp        lotusnotes
ms-sql-s        1433/tcp                        # Microsoft SQL Server
ms-sql-s        1433/udp
ms-sql-m        1434/tcp                        # Microsoft SQL Monitor
ms-sql-m        1434/udp
ingreslock      1524/tcp
ingreslock      1524/udp
datametrics     1645/tcp        old-radius
datametrics     1645/udp        old-radius
sa-msg-port     1646/tcp        old-radacct
sa-msg-port     1646/udp        old-radacct
kermit          1649/tcp
groupwise       1677/tcp
groupwise       1677/udp
l2f             1701/tcp        l2tp
l2f             1701/udp        l2tp
radius          1812/tcp
radius          1812/udp
radius-acct     1813/tcp        radacct         # Radius Accounting
radius-acct     1813/udp        radacct
msnp            1863/tcp                        # MSN Messenger
msnp            1863/udp
unix-status     1957/tcp                        # remstats unix-status
log-server      1958/tcp                        # remstats log server
remoteping      1959/tcp                        # remstats remoteping server
cisco-sccp      2000/tcp                        # Cisco SCCP
cisco-sccp      2000/udp
search          2010/tcp        ndtp
pipe-server     2010/tcp        pipe_server
nfs             2049/tcp                        # Network File System
nfs             2049/udp                        # Network File System
gnunet          2086/tcp
gnunet          2086/udp
rtcm-sc104      2101/tcp                        # RTCM SC-104 IANA 1/29/99
rtcm-sc104      2101/udp
gsigatekeeper   2119/tcp
gsigatekeeper   2119/udp
gris            2135/tcp                # Grid Resource Information Server
gris            2135/udp
cvspserver      2401/tcp                        # CVS client/server
cvspserver      2401/udp
venus           2430/tcp                        # codacon port
venus           2430/udp                        # Venus callback/wbc
venus-se        2431/tcp                        # tcp side effects
venus-se        2431/udp                        # udp sftp side effect
codasrv         2432/tcp                        # not used
codasrv         2432/udp                        # server port
codasrv-se      2433/tcp                        # tcp side effects
codasrv-se      2433/udp                        # udp sftp side effect
mon             2583/tcp                        # MON traps
mon             2583/udp
dict            2628/tcp                        # Dictionary server
dict            2628/udp


I dunno about anyone else here, but if I was blind, I sure as hell
wouldn't want to listen to all of that. And as I pointed out in my
immediately previous post, this isn't ASCII-art either.

Remember folks, at this very moment in Gemini space, there are AT LEAST
113,310 pages of content, and that growth is logarithmic ;)

I hope that helps :)

Kindest regards,

Bradley D. Thornton
Manager Network Services
TEL: +1.310.421.8268

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