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The Use of "Set Data Type" Transaction in File Transfer Protocol (RFC0294)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000003491D
Original Publication Date: 1972-Jan-25
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-13
Document File: 2 page(s) / 4K

Publishing Venue

Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

A.K. Bhushan: AUTHOR

Abstract

As mentioned in RFC 265, the opcode of '00' is set aside for the clarify the use of 'set data type' in file transfer operations.

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Network Working Group 25 January 1972

RFC 294 Abhay Bhushan, MIT

NIC 8304

Categories: D.4, D.5, and D.7

Updates: RFC 265

The Use of 'Set Data Type' Transaction in File Transfer Protocol

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As mentioned in RFC 265, the opcode of '00' is set aside for the

clarify the use of 'set data type' in file transfer operations.

In many systems such as Multics at MIT, there is no provision to

identify the type of data (i.e., ASCII or numeric) stored in files.

The manner in which the data is handled is context dependent. ASCII

characters are stored as four 9-bit characters per 36-bit word, right

justified with left most bit as zero. As efficient conversion

programs exists in Multics for conversion of data from Multics' ASCII

into Network ASCII, it would be useful for a user to be able to

instruct the Multics server to convert data into Network ASCII in

retrieve operations. It is suggested that the 'set data type'

transaction be used for this purpose.

The 'set data type' transaction preceding a retrieve request

should be interpreted by a server to mean that the user wants to

receive his data in that form. If the server is unable to convert the

data into the desired form, it should return a 'set data type' of

[ This RFC was put into machine readable form for entry ]

[ into the online RFC archives by BBN Corp. under the ]

[ direction of Alex McKenzie. 12/96 ]

Network Working Group 25 January 1972

RFC 294 Abhay Bhushan, MIT

The following examples should clarify the use of 'set data

type' transactions.

1. USER SERVER

---- ------

Set data type '02' (Network ASCII)

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Store File X

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File X (in Network ASCII)

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End of File

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Acknowledge

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Retrieve File X

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File X in Network ASCII

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End of File

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