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Revision of the Mail Box Protocol (RFC0278)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000003378D
Original Publication Date: 1971-Nov-17
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-13
Document File: 4 page(s) / 7K

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A.K. Bhushan: AUTHOR [+9]

Abstract

The file transfer committee met and discussed the Mail Box Protocol RFC 221, NIC 7612. The potential utility for the mechanism was confirmed and a couple of changes suggested. We first give the changes and then restate the Protocol.

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NWG/RFC# 278 RWW 17-NOV-71 14:12 8056

Revision of the Mail Box Protocol

NETWORK WORKING GROUP Abhay Bhushan, MIT-DMCG

Request for Comments #278 Bob Braden, UCLA-CCN

NIC 8056 Eric Harslem, RAND

Categories: A.5, O.7 John Heafner, RAND

Obsoletes RFC 221, NIC 7612 Alex McKenzie, BBN-NET

John Melvin, SRI-ARC

Bob Sundberg, HARV

Dick Watson, SRI-ARC

Jim White, UCSB

17-Nov-1971

REVISION OF THE MAIL BOX PROTOCOL

The file transfer committee met and discussed the Mail Box Protocol

RFC 221, NIC 7612. The potential utility for the mechanism was

confirmed and a couple of changes suggested. We first give the

changes and then restate the Protocol.

CHANGES

1) The Mail Box Protocol is only to allow ASCII stings of text

formatted for a network standard line printer rather than allowing

other data types.

2) A new command is to be added to the File Transfer Protocol called

"Append With Create" which appends to a file if the file exists, and

creates a file if it does not exist.

3) The standard path name for the mailbox is to be, using conventional

metalanguage symbols,

"MAIL" ("PRINTER"/)

is the ASCII GS, octal 035. The semantics of

the above are the following:

is a NIC IDENT

"MAIL" "PRINTER" would be interpreted by the

receiving site as meaning Append With Create the

transmitted file to a bulk mail file to be printed or

directly output it to a printer.

"MAIL" would be interpreted to mean

either

NWG/RFC# 278 RWW 17-NOV-71 14:12 8056

Revision of the Mail Box Protocol

1) The same as "MAIL" "PRINTER" i.e., ignore

or

2) Append With Create the following file to a file

specifically for the person designated by for

either online access or printing or both.

The problem of delivering mail to TIPs was discussed.

At the moment TIPs support only the Telnet Protocol, but it is planned

to support the Data Transfer Protocol. TIPs will have an ASCII line

printer available as an optional device. People desiring to send a

mail item to a TIP with a printer can open a standard published socket

and transmit to it with Telnet Protocol now, later also with the Data

Transfer Protocol. The NIC's plans with regard to TIPs is not to do

automatic network delivery to them. Messages to people using TIPs can

be sent to them through the NIC and will be delivered as with everyone

else directly to the person's initial file at the NIC. The TIP user

can read the item online or obtain a hardcopy at his terminal with the

Output Device Teletype ...