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A Primer On Internet and TCP/IP Tools (RFC1739)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000003988D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-12
Document File: 38 page(s) / 95K

Publishing Venue

Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

G. Kessler: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

This memo is an introductory guide to some of the TCP/IP and Internet tools and utilities that allow users to access the wide variety of information on the network, from determining if a particular host is up to viewing a multimedia thesis on foreign policy. It also describes discussion lists accessible from the Internet, ways to obtain Internet documents, and resources that help users weave their way through the Internet. This memo may be used as a tutorial for individual self-learning, a step-by-step laboratory manual for a course, or as the basis for a site's users manual. It is intended as a basic guide only and will refer to other sources for more detailed information.

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Network Working Group G. Kessler

Request for Comments: 1739 S. Shepard

Category: Informational Hill Associates, Inc.

December 1994

A Primer On Internet and TCP/IP Tools

Status of this Memo

This memo provides information for the Internet community. This memo

does not specify an Internet standard of any kind. Distribution of

this memo is unlimited.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction .................................................. 2

2. A Beginner's Guide to TCP/IP-based Utilities and Applications . 2

2.1. NSLOOKUP .................................................... 3

2.2. PING ........................................................ 5

2.3. FINGER ...................................................... 6

2.4. TRACEROUTE .................................................. 7

2.5. FTP ......................................................... 10

2.6. TELNET ...................................................... 14

2.7. User Database Lookup Tools .................................. 17

2.7.1. WHOIS/NICNAME ............................................. 17

2.7.2. KNOWBOT ................................................... 20

2.7.3. NETFIND ................................................... 21

2.8. Information Servers ......................................... 24

2.8.1. ARCHIE .................................................... 24

2.8.2. GOPHER .................................................... 27

2.8.3. Other Information Servers ................................. 30

2.9. Uniform Resource Locator Format ............................. 31

3. Distribution Lists and Mailing Lists .......................... 32

3.1. Internet Discussion Lists ................................... 33

3.2. Usenet ...................................................... 33

3.3. BITNET/EARN ................................................. 35

4. Internet Documentation ........................................ 36

4.1. Request for Comments (RFCs) ................................. 36

4.2. Internet Standards .......................................... 38

4.3. For Your Information Documents .............................. 39

4.4. RARE Technical Reports ...................................... 40

5. Perusing the Internet ......................................... 40

6. Acronyms and Abbreviations .................................... 42

7. Security Considerations ....................................... 43

8. Acknowledgements .............................................. 43

9. References .................................................... 43

10. Authors' Addresses ........................................... 46

1. Introduction

This memo is an introductory guide to some of the TCP/IP and Internet

tools and utilities that allow users to access the wide vari...