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User FTP Documentation (RFC0412)

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Original Publication Date: 1972-Nov-27
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-13
Document File: 8 page(s) / 17K

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Work Information Center # 12404 G. Hicks

Request for Comments # 412 Utah


User FTP Documentation

The attached document is the HELP file for the Utah-10

implementation of the User FTP Process. This is what the user has

typed on his console when he types 'HELP', and as such is the only

documention produced to date.

User FTP Documentation Detailed Command Listing

FTP User Documentation

November 27, 1972

I. Control Characters

There are several control characters that have meaning to the FTP

Process. First, the abort character is (SUB), next for

editing, only , , , ,

, , , , and have

any meaning, (SOH) and (BS) are the character

delete keys. is the word delete character, Note: When dowing

the ' funktion, this character will delete the entire line typed.

says take the next character literally. (ESC)

terminates the command giving helpful noise words, and are

terminators also. These last two will give no command completion or

noise words. All three echo as a space however. (CAN) and

(DEL) are the command abort characters. (DC2) will

retype the line as the command interpreter sees it. When using the ? as

a prompter, for initial commands, it will type-out all commands that

begin with that particular character string. If it is typed in a sub-

command field, it will type out the prompt message only if it is the

first character typed. At all other times, it will be accepted as part

of the typed string.

II. General Information

The FTP user process is designed to make transferring files from

one host on the ARPANET to another much easier than it has been up until

now. To this end, the command language was designed to be as natural as


The command interpreter is, of course, part of this idea.

Therefore, to help the user as much as possible, there are several ways

to find out what is expected in the form of commands, file-names, user-

names, etc. When the user has typed nothing, typing a ? will cause the

interpreter to type out all the commands that are available to the user.

If the user has typed anything at all, then it will respond with all

commands that begin with the particular character string.

So that the command language was as easy to learn as possible, the

command ...