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Internet Message Protocol (RFC0759)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000003807D
Original Publication Date: 1980-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-13

Publishing Venue

Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

J. Postel: AUTHOR

Abstract

This document describes an internetwork message system. The system is designed to transmit messages between message processing modules according to formats and procedures specified in this document. The message processing modules are processes in host computers. Message processing modules are located in different networks and together constitute an internetwork message delivery system.

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IEN: 113

RFC: 759

INTERNET MESSAGE PROTOCOL

Jonathan B. Postel

August 1980

Information Sciences Institute

University of Southern California

4676 Admiralty Way

Marina del Rey, California 90291

(213) 822-1511

August 1980

Internet Message Protocol

TABLE OF CONTENTS

PREFACE ........................................................ iii

1. INTRODUCTION ..................................................... 1

1.1. Motivation ................................................... 1

1.2. Scope ........................................................ 1

1.3. The Internetwork Environment ................................. 2

1.4. Model of Operation ........................................... 2

1.5. Interfaces ................................................... 4

2. FUNCTIONAL DESCRIPTION ........................................... 5

2.1. Terminology .................................................. 5

2.2. Assumptions ................................................. 5

2.3. General Specification ........................................ 6

2.4. Mechanisms ................................................... 7

2.5. Relation to Other Protocols ................................. 10

3. DETAILED SPECIFICATION .......................................... 13

3.1. Overview of Message Structure ............................... 13

3.2. Message Structure ........................................... 14

3.3. Identification .............................................. 15

3.4. Command ..................................................... 15

3.5. Document .................................................... 19

3.6. Message Objects ............................................. 20

3.7. Data Elements ............................................... 27

4. OTHER ISSUES .................................................... 35

4.1. Accounting and Billing ...................................... 35

4.2. Addressing and Routing ...................................... 36

4.3. Encryption .................................................. 37

5. The MPM: A Possible Architecture ............................... 39

5.1. Interfaces .................................................. 39

5.2. MPM Organization ............................................ 40

6. EXAMPLES & SCENARIOS ............................................ 45

Example 1: Message Format ........................................ 45

Example 2: Delivery and Acknowledgment ........................... 47

Postel [Page i]

August 1980

Internet Message Protocol

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