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Official protocols (RFC0880)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000003929D
Original Publication Date: 1983-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-13
Document File: 22 page(s) / 35K

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Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

J.K. Reynolds: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

This RFC identifies the documents specifying the official protocols used in the Internet. Annotations identify any revisions or changes planned.

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Network Working Group J. Reynolds

Request for Comments: 880 J. Postel

ISI

Obsoletes: RFC 840 October 1983

OFFICIAL PROTOCOLS

This RFC identifies the documents specifying the official protocols used

in the Internet. Annotations identify any revisions or changes planned.

To first order, the official protocols are those in the "Internet

Protocol Transition Workbook" (IPTW) dated March 1982. There are

several protocols in use that are not in the IPTW. A few of the

protocols in the IPTW have been revised. Notably, the mail protocols

have been revised and issued as a volume titled "Internet Mail

Protocols" dated November 1982. Telnet and the most useful option

protocols were issued by the NIC in a booklet entitled "Internet Telnet

Protocol and Options" (ITP), dated June 1983. Some protocols have not

been revised for many years, these are found in the old "ARPANET

Protocol Handbook" (APH) dated January 1978. There is also a volume of

protocol related information called the "Internet Protocol Implementers

Guide" (IPIG) dated August 1982.

This document is organized as a sketchy outline. The entries are

protocols (e.g., Transmission Control Protocol). In each entry there

are notes on status, specification, comments, other references,

dependencies, and contact.

The status is one of: required, recommended, elective, or

experimental.

The specification identifies the protocol defining documents.

The comments describe any differences from the specification or

problems with the protocol.

The other references identify documents that comment on or expand on

the protocol.

The dependencies indicate what other protocols are called upon by

this protocol.

The contact indicates a person who can answer questions about the

protocol.

Official Protocols RFC 880

In particular, the status may be:

required

- all hosts must implement the required protocol,

recommended

- all hosts are encouraged to implement the recommended

protocol,

elective

- hosts may implement or not the elective protocol,

experimental

- hosts should not implement the experimental protocol unless

they are participating in the experiment and have coordinated

their use of this protocol with the contact person, and

none

- this is not a protocol.

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