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Mail Box Protocol (RFC0196)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000004184D
Original Publication Date: 1971-Jul-20
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-13
Document File: 4 page(s) / 7K

Publishing Venue

Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

R.W. Watson: AUTHOR

Abstract

The purpose of this protocol is to provide at each site a standard mechanism to receive sequential files for immediate or deferred printing or other uses. The files for deferred printing would probably be stored on intermediate disk files, although details of how a file is handled, stored, manipulated, or printed at a site are not the concern of this protocol.

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NETWORK WORKING GROUP Richard W. Watson

Request for Comments #196 SRI-ARC

NIC 7141 July 20, 1971

Categories: A.5, D.7

Obsoletes: none

Updates: none

A MAIL BOX PROTOCOL

The purpose of this protocol is to provide at each site a

standard mechanism to receive sequential files for immediate or

deferred printing or other uses. The files for deferred printing

would probably be stored on intermediate disk files, although

details of how a file is handled, stored, manipulated, or printed

at a site are not the concern of this protocol.

It is also assumed that there would be a program at the sending

site which sends the file in the format given below with the

optional control codes when appropriate. This program could

probably be accessed as a subcommand of the Telnet program.

The motivation for developing this protocol is the Network

Information Center's (NIC) need to be able to deliver messages

and documents to remote sites, and to be able to receive

documents for cataloging, redistribution, and other purposes from

remote site without having to know the details of path name

conventions and file system commands at each site. Multiple mail

boxes (128) are allowed at each site and are identified as

described below. The default is mail box number 0 for use with

the standard mail printer defined below.

A mail box, as we see it, is simply a sequential file to which

messages and documents are appended, separated by an appropriate

site dependent code.

Although this protocol will enable people to transmit messages

directly without going through the NIC, we want to encourage

people to use the NIC as much as possible, so that dialogue will

be recorded, cataloged and available for viewing online at NIC,

using the powerful facilities of the ARC on Line System (NLS).

The Mail Box Protocol will use established network conventions,

specifically the Network Control Program, Initial Connection

Protocol, and Data Transfer Protocol, NIC 7104.

The normal transmission is to be full 7-bit ASCII in 8-bit bytes,

the high order bit set to zero.

A MAIL BOX PROTOCOL RFC 196 NIC 7141

The standard receiving mail printer for mail box number 0 is

assumed to have a print line 72 characters wide, and a page of 66

lines. The new line convention will be carriage return (X'OD')

followed by line feed (X'OA') as per the Telnet Protocol RFC 158,

NIC 6768. The standard printer will accept form feed (X'OC') as

meaning move paper to the top of a new page.

It is the senders responsibility to control the length of the

print line and page. If more than 72 cha...