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Comments on the File Transfer Protocol (RFC0385) Disclosure Number: IPCOM000003564D
Original Publication Date: 1972-Aug-18
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-13
Document File: 5 page(s) / 12K

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Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

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A.K. Bhushan: AUTHOR


COMMENTS ON THE FILE TRANSFER PROTOCOL (RFC 354) ------------------------------------------------

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NWG/RFC 385 Abhay K. Bhushan


Updates: RFC 354 August 18, 1972

RFC 354



The following comments pertain to the File Transfer Protocol, NWG/RFC

354. The comments include errata, further discussion, emphasis

points, and additions to the protocol. I shall incorporate these

comments into the main protocol document after we have had sufficient


1. Please note the following corrections:

(i) Page 2, line 15: replace user-FTP by server-FTP.

(ii) Page 3, line 12: replace III.A by III.C.

(iii) Page 15, last para, line 1: replace user s by user is.

(iv) Page 28, line 21: replace _CRCRLF_ by _CRLF_.

(v) Page 27, line 10: replace 451,451 by 451.

(vi) Note that on Page 26, line 15 mode code is S|B|T|H.

2. The language of RFC 354 reads that it is recommended for

hosts to implement the default parameters. The sense of the

word recommended should be taken as required. Thus the

required minimum implementations for FTP servers is:

Type - ASCII (8-bit bytes)

Mode - Stream

Structure - File

Commands - RETR, STOR, USER (and PASS), SOCK and BYE

3. The "Print File-ASCII" and "EBCIDIC Print File" types are

incorrectly specified (pages 10 and 11, RFC 354). The real

problem with print files is of ASA (Fortran) vertical format

control. Instead of the two print file types, there should

really be three types as described below:

BCDIC - The sender transfers data using the EBCDIC

character code and 8-bit transfer byte size.

The _CRLF_ convention is used for vertical format

control. This type will be used for efficient

transfer of EBCDIC files between systems which

use EBCDIC for their internal character


NWG/RFC 385 Page 2

ASCII with ASA vertical format Control - This is the

"Print file-ASCII" defined in RFC 354. The

server is to transform the data in accordance

with ASA (Fortran) vertical format control

procedures for printing on printers that

still use this standard. The data is to be

transferred as 8-bit bytes.

EBCDIC with ASA vertical format co...