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Mail Transfer Protocol: ISI TOPS20 file definitions (RFC0785)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000003834D
Original Publication Date: 1981-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-13
Document File: 3 page(s) / 7K

Publishing Venue

Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

S. Sluizer: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

This document defines the ISI TOPS20s interface between the Mail Transfer Protocol (MTP) and a mail creation system (e.g., MM, HERMES, etc.) in terms of the files which implement it. The internal structure and name of each file is described below.

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Network Working Group S. Sluizer

Request for Comments: 785 J. Postel

ISI

July 1981

MAIL TRANSFER PROTOCOL:

ISI TOPS20 FILE DEFINITIONS

INTRODUCTION

This document defines the ISI TOPS20s interface between the Mail

Transfer Protocol (MTP) and a mail creation system (e.g., MM, HERMES,

etc.) in terms of the files which implement it. The internal

structure and name of each file is described below.

For a complete understanding of the MTP protocol as well as the terms

used within this document, see RFC 780, "Mail Transfer Protocol".

DESCRIPTION

For each piece of mail, the TOPS20 interface between a mail creation

system and MTP is comprised of two files. The first file must be

named "^V[--UNSENT-MAIL-CONTROL--^V].MTP.-1", where "^V" represents

the character "control V" (ASCII code 026) and the generation number

"-1" indicates the next higher generation number (at the time of the

file's creation). It is strongly suggested that the second file be

named "^V[--UNSENT-MAIL-FILE--^V].MTP.-1", where "^V" and "-1" are as

defined before. (However, the actual file name may be chosen by the

mail creation system.) Both these files reside in the directory of

the user who created the mail (as is currently the case with the

MAILER-based system).

"^V[--UNSENT-MAIL-CONTROL--^V].MTP.-1" is the control file. It is an

ASCIZ file and contains all information necessary to relay the mail

through MTP. It consists of a pointer to the mail text, the

source-path, and all destination-paths.

First is "FILE:" followed by the FULL mail text file name (which must

include directory name and generation number) followed by

(ASCII code 15 followed by ASCII code 12). Note that a structure

name is allowed; if not given "PS:" will be assumed. Also note that

for each character that must be quoted in a file name the quote

character (^V) must be present in the string following "FILE:". Next

is "FROM:" followed by the followed by . Finally,

each destination is given in the form "TO:" followed by the

followed by . The FROM- and TO-paths include surrounding angle

brackets (i.e., <...>) and are identical respectively to the source-

and destination-paths described in RFC 780.

Sluizer & Postel Page [1]

July 1981 RFC 785

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