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Message Send Protocol (RFC1159) Disclosure Number: IPCOM000001970D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-12
Document File: 2 page(s) / 4K

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Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

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R. Nelson: AUTHOR


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Network Working Group R. Nelson

Request for Comments: 1159 Clarkson University

June 1990

Message Send Protocol

Status of this Memo

This RFC suggests an Experimental Protocol for the Internet

community. Hosts on the Internet that choose to implement a Message

Send Protocol may experiment with this protocol. Please refer to the

current edition of the "IAB Official Protocol Standards" for the

standardization state and status of this protocol. Distribution of

this memo is unlimited.


The Message Send Protocol is used to send a short message to a given

user on a given terminal on a given host. This is similar to the

service provided by Unix's write command, which is limited to the

users on that host. This service is also known on some hosts as


As the Internet grows, more and more people are using hosts that do

not run TCP/IP at all times. These hosts may be able to use a simple

protocol that can be implemented in a subset of TCP/IP. The Message

Send Protocol is one such protocol.

Note that a message sending protocol is already defined using TCP.

The SMTP protocol includes a "SEND" command that will direct mail to

a user's terminal. SMTP's SEND is not useful in this instance

because TCP requires quite a bit of code. For the purposes of

standardization, we will include a TCP based Message Send Service.

TCP Based Message Send Service

One message send service is defined as a connection based application

on TCP. A server listens for TCP connections on TCP port 18. Once a

connection is established a short message is sent by the client out

the connection (and any data received by the client is thrown away).

The client closes the connection after sending the message.

UDP Based Message Send Service

Another message send service is defined as a datagram based

application on UDP. A server listens for UDP datagrams on UDP port

18. When a datagram is received by the server, an answering datagram

is sent back to the client containing exactly the same data.

Message Syntax

The message should consist of several parts. The first part is a

single octet indicating the protocol revision, currently decimal 65,

'A'. The second part is the name of the user that the message is

directed to. This and the remaining parts are null-terminated, and

consist of eight-bit characters. Do not strip the eighth bit of the

characters. The third part is the name of the terminal. The fourth

part is t...