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Telnet terminal type option (RFC0884)

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Original Publication Date: 1983-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-13
Document File: 5 page(s) / 8K

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Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

M. Solomon: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

This RFC specifies a standard for the ARPA Internet community. Hosts on the ARPA Internet that exchange terminal type information within the Telnet protocol are expected to adopt and implement this standard.

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Network Working Group Marvin Solomon

Request for Comments: 884 Edward Wimmers

University of Wisconsin - Madison

December 1983

TELNET TERMINAL TYPE OPTION

This RFC specifies a standard for the ARPA Internet community. Hosts on

the ARPA Internet that exchange terminal type information within the

Telnet protocol are expected to adopt and implement this standard.

1. Command Name and Code

TERMINAL-TYPE 24

2. Command Meanings

IAC WILL TERMINAL-TYPE

Sender is willing to send terminal type information in a

subsequent sub-negotiation

IAC DO TERMINAL-TYPE

Sender is willing to receive terminal type information in a

subsequent sub-negotiation

IAC DON'T TERMINAL-TYPE

Sender refuses to accept terminal type information

IAC WON'T TERMINAL-TYPE

Sender refuses to send terminal type information

IAC SB TERMINAL-TYPE SEND IAC SE

Sender requests receiver to transmit his (the receiver's) terminal

type. The code for SEND is 1. (See below.)

IAC SB TERMINAL-TYPE IS ... IAC SE

Sender is stating the name of his terminal type. The code for IS

is 0. (See below.)

RFC 884 December 1983

3. Default

DON'T TERMINAL-TYPE

WON'T TERMINAL-TYPE

Terminal type information will not be exchanged.

4. Motivation for the Option

This option allows a telnet server to determine the type of terminal

connected to a user telnet program. The transmission of such

information does not immediately imply any change of processing.

However, the information may be passed to a process, which may alter

the data it sends to suit the particular characteristics of the

terminal. For example, some operating systems have a terminal driver

that accepts a code indicating the type of terminal being driven.

Using the TERMINAL TYPE and BINARY options, a telnet server program

on such a system could arrange to have terminals driven as if they

were directly connected, including such special functions as cursor

addressing, multiple colors, etc., not included in the Network

Virtual Terminal specification. This option fits into the normal

structure of TELNET options by deferring the actual transfer of

status information to the SB command.

5. Description of the Option

WILL and DO are used only to obtain and grant permission for future

discussion. The actual exchange of status information occurs within

option subcom...