Network mail meeting summary (RFC0469)
Original Publication Date: 1973-Mar-08
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-13
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The purpose of this RFC is to briefly summarize, from the NIC's viewpoint, the principal conclusions reached at the Network Mail Meeting held Friday, February 23 1973, at SRI-ARC.
NWG/RFC#469 Michael D. Kudlick MDK (SRI-ARC)
NIC 14798 8-MAR-73
Network Mail Meeting Summary
The purpose of this RFC is to briefly summarize, from the NIC's
viewpoint, the principal conclusions reached at the Network Mail
Meeting held Friday, February 23 1973, at SRI-ARC.
Please refer to RFC #475 (NIC 14919) for Abhay Bhushan's
comprehensive summary of the issues discussed at the meeting.
There is no major disagreement between the present RFC and RFC
RFC #453 (NIC 14317) contains background information on the
RFC #479 (NIC 14948) describes what the NIC would like to see
included in the File Transfer Protocol for Network Mail purposes,
and also describes briefly how the NIC would use the information.
The present RFC is organized as follows:
Additional FTP mail requirements were decided upon. These would be
implemented as a new mail command, with the following subcommands:
This field is explicitly allowed to contain multiple
addressees, with a standard syntax: user@host.
This field provides a return-address for notification of
undeliverable mail, as well as a clearcut identification of the
sender for the recipient's information..
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This field denotes the author of the mail. There may be
The "title" (i.e. subject) of the mail is to be terminated by
period carriage return.
ACKNOWLEDEGMENT success / failure (time out) / normal
For use by the intermediate host, probably the NIC in most
cases, to tell the sender what happened to his attempt to send
mail. (Note: "normal" wasn't defined.)
RECORDED jnumber / null
Note: "jnumber" is the pre-assigned accession number (NIC
number), to be used when known.
The "RECORDED" subcommand provides for the option of having the
mail recorded. Information given with this subcommand would be
recognized at the NIC. Options are:
to be recorded (in NIC journal) only,
to be recorded and distributed,
to be distributed only.
This field would also be used to inform the recipient that the
mail has been recorded.
(In retrospect, it may be preferable to have a separate
command to inform the recipient of this fact, but no
decision on this was made at the 23-Feb-73 meeting.)
TYPE long / urgent / ordinary
This allows the recipient site to take whatever action it
thinks appropriate in storing the mail.
TEXT / FILE / CITATION
This field is for the text of the mail message.
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