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sealed trait Name extends AnyRef

Names identify network locations. They come in two varieties:

  1. Bound names are concrete. They represent a changeable list of network endpoints (represented by Addrs).

2. Path names are unbound paths, representing an abstract location which must be resolved by some context, usually the Dtab.

In practice, clients use a com.twitter.finagle.Resolver to resolve a destination name string into a Name. This is achieved by passing a destination name into methods such as ClientBuilder.dest or the newClient method of the appropriate protocol object (e.g. Http.newClient(/s/org/servicename)). These APIs use Resolver under the hood to resolve the destination names into the Name representation of the appropriate cluster.

As names are bound, a Namer may elect to bind only a Name prefix, leaving an unbound residual name to be processed by a downstream Namer.

See also

The user guide for further details.

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