https://bugzilla.wikimedia.org/show_bug.cgi?id=17141

--- Comment #13 from dpotter <david.pot...@ntc.com> 2011-02-14 16:53:12 UTC ---
(In reply to comment #12)
> Why does ts_parseIP() have an "octetlist" var (and not "quadlist").

ts_parseIP() has an "octetlist" because it contains a list of octets.  

Why are they "octets" and not "quads"?  Because the specification for the
Internet Protocol calls these items "octets".  See RFC 791 (Postel, 1981).  

Why does the RFC refer to them as "octets" instad of "bytes"?  Because the term
"octet" denotes to 8 bits, whereas "byte" refers to an undefined group of bits
(usually 8 bits, but 6,7,or 10 on some computer architectures.)  This is an
important distinction for a networking protocol whose goal is to enable
communications between systems regardless of processing architecture.

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