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Serving remote users on the ARPANET (RFC0364) Disclosure Number: IPCOM000003549D
Original Publication Date: 1972-Jul-11
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-13
Document File: 5 page(s) / 10K

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Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

M.D. Abrams: AUTHOR


Problem Statement

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Network Working Group Marshall D. Abrams

Request for Comments: 364 National Bureau of Standards

NIC 10606 July 11, 1972

References: NIC 6801

Serving Remote Users on the ARPANET

Problem Statement

Second only to the unavailability of the serving host, the most

vexing problem encountered in attempting to use the service hosts on

the NET has been the inadequacy of administrative procedure and

information dissemination for remote users. This paper explores the

problem and proposes solutions.

When computer systems begin to service remote users, some of the

operating procedures which produced a functioning environment for

local users may not be satisfactory for those who are off-site. It

may be that these procedures were already inadequate, but the local

community developed a set of informal procedures to augment the

formal ones. It may also be true that the established formal

procedures were completely satisfactory for local users, but failed

when an attempt was made to extend them to the remote user. In either

case, this paper asserts that a problem exists and offers a set of

suggestions for its amelioration.

Existing Information

Having used (or attempted to use) the information currently

available, I should first summarize the existing sources and indicate

that they don't meet total needs. There is the resource notebook

index. The index is an ordered list of attributes which refer one to

the appropriate main entry for hosts exhibiting that attribute. When

the index is completed, it will reference the main entries in the

resource notebook, to which we now turn out attention. On the whole,

the main entry contains a summary of the hardware and software

services available. At this site, these entries serve as a "shopping

list" from which we may select the service center hosts which may be

suitable for the computing we wish to undertake. Some administrative

information is also provided. Using the outline of a host-site

subsection, this information consists of: I. Personnel; V.B. Rate

structure; V.D. Long-term storage; VII. Login; VIII. Operator

Communication; IX. Miscellaneous; and X. Programs. The discussion

under "IX. Miscellaneous" included a statement of intention to

include an elaborated documentation section in a future revision of

the resource book. This is most urgently required. This paper

contains a proposal which might constitute the outline for that


Another source of information concerning serving hosts is the NIC.

Some sites have submitted existing documentation to the NIC; some

have even written special documents to assist network users. There

are several problems however: It may be difficult to learn about said

documents, especially for someone new to the ARPANET and/or the NIC.

NIC policy is to lend the documents, which is fine for browsing but

unacceptable for ...