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Letter to All TIP Users (RFC0365)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000003550D
Original Publication Date: 1972-Jul-11
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-13
Document File: 4 page(s) / 10K

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Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

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D.C. Walden: AUTHOR

Abstract

Dear TIP Users,

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Network Working Group David Walden

Request for Comments #365 Bolt Beranek and Newman Inc.

NIC # 10607 July 11, 1972

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A LETTER TO ALL TIP USERS

Dear TIP Users,

You will shortly be sent a revised version of the "TIP User's

Guide." Besides now having a loose leaf format, mainly descriptions

of new commands have been added. Appendix B will be an alphabetical

list of all TIP commands. The new commands are:

@BINARY INPUT START

@BINARY INPUT END

@BINARY OUTPUT START

@BINARY OUTPUT END

@CLEAR DEVICE WILD

@CLEAR INSERT LINEFEED

@INSERT LINEFEED

@SEND COMMAND

@RECEIVE FROM WILD

@SEND TO WILD

@SET DEVICE WILD

@MAG ABORT

@MAG BACKSPACE FILE

@MAG BACKSPACE RECORD

@MAG READ FILE

@MAG READ RECORD

@MAG SETUP COPY

@MAG SPACE FILE

@MAG SPACE RECORD

@MAG UNLOAD

@MAG WRITE EOF

@MAG WRITE TAPE

The MAG commands are, of course, not relevant to users of TIPs without

the magnetic tape option.

A TIP system including the above commands has been in operation

since late June. We think this system is a substantial improvement

over previous versions.

In case you've not been keeping track, there are now eleven TIPs

in the ARPA Network. These are ETAC, GWC, AMES, ARPA, MITRE, NBS,

BBN, USC, NOAA, ROME, and SAAC. Also, a TIP will soon be installed at

CCA.

I'll now briefly discuss a number of topics I think may be

interesting to you.

Getting TIP status information. As we develop new features for

the TIP and fix bugs, we are continually releasing new versions of the

TIP program. We do this by just reloading your TIP when you're not

looking (i.e., when no one is using your TIP). In the future we will

notify you whenever a new version of the TIP program is loaded into

your TIP by adding a tiny "status message" to the "HELLO" you get when

you "log onto" the TIP. This status message will usually be merely

the TIP's version number; however, occasionally the message will

indicate (by typing "NEWS") that there is some news about the TIP's

status which you should read before continuing your session with the

TIP. The NEWS can be retrieved by typing the command @NEWS which will

ICP to a special socket at BBN's TENEX or PDP-1D which will print the

news. Of course, either of these systems may sometimes be down, but

we won't worry about the problem until we see how serious it is.

To whom to complain or make suggestions. Many of you have had

occasion to complain about the operation of your TIP system or to make

suggestions for its improvement. All too frequently, however, these

complaints have been directed to the Host system you are using from

the TIP instead of to us. BBN maintains a Network Control Center

which is always manned. Its telephone number is 617-661-0100. All

TIP problems should be reported immediately to the Network Control

Center. If you have a suggestion for a new command, or if you...