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Accessing a File Transfer Protocol-to-APPC File Transfer Protocol Gateway through a Web Browser

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000118641D
Original Publication Date: 1997-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-01
Document File: 2 page(s) / 63K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Baldiga, FP: AUTHOR

Abstract

Disclosed is a method of encoding information in a File Transfer Protocol (FTP) Uniform Resource Locator (URL), which is sent by a World Wide Web (WWW) browser in order to access data on a machine remotely connected to the FTP Server. Also discussed are the general characteristics of an FTP-to-APPC File Transfer Protocol (AFTP) Gateway.

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Accessing a File Transfer Protocol-to-APPC File Transfer Protocol
Gateway through a Web Browser

      Disclosed is a method of encoding information in a File
Transfer Protocol (FTP) Uniform Resource Locator (URL), which is sent
by a World Wide Web (WWW) browser in order to access data on a
machine remotely connected to the FTP Server.  Also discussed are the
general characteristics of an FTP-to-APPC File Transfer Protocol
(AFTP) Gateway.

      Access to the WWW via web browsers has become ubiquitous, both
at home and in the corporate environment.  One feature of a web
browser is the ability to get and put files on an FTP Server.  The
web browser  supports the ability to pass a userid and password to
the FTP Server and  implements the function of an FTP client to
access these files and traverse directories.  A connection to an FTP
server from a web browser  uses an FTP URL and is of the form:
ftp://userid:password@hostname.

      The product, Netware for SAA (NWSAA) version 2.20 supports an
FTP-to-AFTP Gateway which allows an FTP client to access resources on
an SNA network.  This is accomplished via the Novell Netware* FTP
Server and an AFTP client Netware Loadable Module (NLM) communicating
via a private API to convert the FTP commands to AFTP commands which
are sent to the AFTP Server over an SNA link.  Returning data is
passed from the AFTP client NLM to the FTP Server and back to the
client.  This has been implemented on a Novell Netware* Server
running the Novell FTP server and NWSAA 2.20.  NWSAA 2.20 acts as an
APPC client allowing the connection to the remote SNA-based AFTP
Server.  The FTP client uses the TCP/IP protocol to connect to the
FTP Server, but the connection between th...