User FTP Documentation (RFC0412)
Original Publication Date: 1972-Nov-27
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-13
Work Information Center # 12404 G. Hicks
Request for Comments # 412 Utah
User FTP Documentation
The attached document is the HELP file for the Utah-10
implementation of the User FTP Process. This is what the user has
typed on his console when he types 'HELP
documention produced to date.
User FTP Documentation Detailed Command Listing
FTP User Documentation
November 27, 1972
I. Control Characters
There are several control characters that have meaning to the FTP
Process. First, the abort character is
the ' funktion, this character will delete the entire line typed.
terminates the command giving helpful noise words,
terminators also. These last two will give no command completion or
noise words. All three echo as a space however.
retype the line as the command interpreter sees it. When using the ? as
a prompter, for initial commands, it will type-out all commands that
begin with that particular character string. If it is typed in a sub-
command field, it will type out the prompt message only if it is the
first character typed. At all other times, it will be accepted as part
of the typed string.
II. General Information
The FTP user process is designed to make transferring files from
one host on the ARPANET to another much easier than it has been up until
now. To this end, the command language was designed to be as natural as
The command interpreter is, of course, part of this idea.
Therefore, to help the user as much as possible, there are several ways
to find out what is expected in the form of commands, file-names, user-
names, etc. When the user has typed nothing, typing a ? will cause the
interpreter to type out all the commands that are available to the user.
If the user has typed anything at all, then it will respond with all
commands that begin with the particular character string.
So that the command language was as easy to learn as possible, the