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Official ARPA-Internet protocols (RFC0901) Disclosure Number: IPCOM000003951D
Original Publication Date: 1984-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-13
Document File: 24 page(s) / 39K

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Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

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J.K. Reynolds: AUTHOR [+2]


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: 901 J. Postel


Obsoletes: RFCs 880, 840 June 1984


Status of this Memo

This memo is an official status report on the protocols used in the

ARPA-Internet community.


This RFC identifies the documents specifying the official protocols

used in the Internet. Annotations identify any revisions or changes


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


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.

Official ARPA-Internet Protocols RFC 901

The contact indicates a person who can answer questions about the


In particular, the status may be:


- all hosts must implement the required protocol,


- all hosts are encouraged to implement the recommended



- hosts may implement or not the elective protocol,


- 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


- this is not a protocol.

For further information about protocols in general, please


Joyce Reynolds

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