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FTP extension: XSEN (RFC0737)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000003784D
Original Publication Date: 1977-Oct-31
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-13
Document File: 1 page(s) / 2K

Publishing Venue

Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

K. Harrenstien: AUTHOR

Abstract

This note describes an extension to the File Transfer Protocol which provides for "sending" a message to a logged-in user, as well as variants for mailing it normally whether the user is logged in or not.

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NWG/RFC# 737 KLH 31 Oct 77 42217

Network Working Group K. Harrenstien

Request for Comments: 737 SRI-KL

NIC: 42217 31 October 1977

FTP Extension: XSEN

This note describes an extension to the File Transfer Protocol which

provides for "sending" a message to a logged-in user, as well as

variants for mailing it normally whether the user is logged in or not.

Several systems have a SEND command or program which sends a message

directly to a user's terminal. On the SAIL (SU-AI) and ITS

(MIT-(AI/ML/MC/DMS)) systems the concept has been broadened to allow

SEND'ing to users on other network sites; to support this, three new FTP

commands were added which have a syntax identical to the existing MAIL

command. For reference, the latter is:

MAIL

If accepted, returns 350 reply and considers all succeeding lines

to be the message text, terminated by a line containing only a

period, upon which a 256 completion reply is returned. Various

errors are possible.

The new commands, with their special replies, are:

XSEN -- Send to terminal.

Returns 453 failure reply if the addressee is refusing or not

logged in.

XSEM -- Send, Mail if can't.

Returns 009 notification reply if message cannot be SENT.

XMAS -- Mail And Send. (couldn't resist this one)

No special replies.

Note that for XSEM and XMAS, it is the mailing which determines success,

not the SENDing, although XSEM as implemented uses a 009 reply (in

addition to the normal success/failure code) to indicate that because

the SEND failed, an attempt is being made to mail the message instead.

There are no corresponding variants for MLFL, since messages transmitted

in this way are generally short, and neither I nor Brian Harvey

(implementing respectively the ITS and SAIL servers) wanted to bother.

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