Letter to All TIP Users (RFC0365)
Original Publication Date: 1972-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2019-Feb-12
Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)
Network Working Group David Walden Request for Comments #365 Bolt Beranek and Newman Inc. NIC # 10607 July 11, 1972 Categories: Updates: Obsoletes:
A LETTER TO ALL TIP USERS
Dear TIP Users,
You will shortly be sent a revised version of the "TIP User’s Guide." Besides now having a loose leaf format, mainly descriptions of new commands have been added. Appendix B will be an alphabetical list of all TIP commands. The new commands are:
@BINARY INPUT START @BINARY INPUT END @BINARY OUTPUT START @BINARY OUTPUT END @CLEAR DEVICE WILD @CLEAR INSERT LINEFEED @INSERT LINEFEED @SEND COMMAND @RECEIVE FROM WILD @SEND TO WILD @SET DEVICE WILD @MAG ABORT @MAG BACKSPACE FILE @MAG BACKSPACE RECORD @MAG READ FILE @MAG READ RECORD @MAG SETUP COPY @MAG SPACE FILE @MAG SPACE RECORD @MAG UNLOAD @MAG WRITE EOF @MAG WRITE TAPE
The MAG commands are, of course, not relevant to users of TIPs without the magnetic tape option.
A TIP system including the above commands has been in operation since late June. We think this system is a substantial improvement over previous versions.
RFC # 365 July 11, 1972
In case you’ve not been keeping track, there are now eleven TIPs in the ARPA Network. These are ETAC, GWC, AMES, ARPA, MITRE, NBS, BBN, USC, NOAA, ROME, and SAAC. Also, a TIP will soon be installed at CCA.
I’ll now briefly discuss a number of topics I think may be interesting to you.
Getting TIP status information. As we develop new features for the TIP and fix bugs, we are continually releasing new versions of the TIP program. We do this by just reloading your TIP when you’re not looking (i.e., when no one is using your TIP). In the future we will notify you whenever a new version of the TIP program is loaded into your TIP by adding a tiny "status message" to the "HELLO" you get when you "log onto" the TIP. This status message will usually be merely the TIP’s version number; however, occasionally the message will indicate (by typing "NEWS") that there is some news about the TIP’s status which you should read before continuing your session with the TIP. The NEWS can be retrieved by typing the command @NEWS which will ICP to a special socket at BBN’s TENEX or PDP-1D which will print the news. Of course, either of these systems may sometimes be down, but we won’t worry about the problem until we see how serious it is.
To whom to complain or make suggestions. Many of you have had occasion to complain about the operation of your TIP system or to make suggestions for its improvement. All too frequently, however, these complaints have been directed to the Host system you are using from the TIP instead of to us. BBN maintains a Network Control Center which is always manned. Its telephone number is 617-661-0100. All TIP problems should be reported immediately to the Network Control Center. If you have a suggestion for a new command, or if you think you’ve found a subtle bug in the TIP program, ask to talk to Dave Walden or Bernie Cosell when you call the Network Control C...