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Meeting announcement to discuss a network mail system (RFC0453) Disclosure Number: IPCOM000003606D
Original Publication Date: 1973-Feb-07
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-13
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Network Working Group Michael D. Kudlick


NIC # 14317 February 7, 1973

Meeting Announcement to Discuss a Network Mail System


The purpose of this RFC is to announce a meeting at SRI-ARC on the

Network Mail problem discussed at the January 1973 Principal

Investigators' Meeting in San Diego.

We have set the meeting for Thursday, February 22, 1973, at 8:30 AM in

the SRI-ARC conference room. If a second day is is needed, Friday would

be used.

The agenda will include a discussion of the problem, and a discussion of

alternate solutions.

The goal of the meeting is to produce a clear definition of what the

solution ought to be, what steps have to be taken, and who should do


The results of the meeting will be published as an RFC for further

dialogue, as is done with other suggested protocols.

Aspects of the Problem

There are already several subsystems existing on the Network whose

function is to send and receive mail.

The principal problem is to coordinates and extend these subsystems so


a. uniform user and site identifications are used,

b. the File Transfer Protocol is utilized to allow mail to be

originated and distributed anywhere on the Network without

having to go through a central system.

c. there is an option for the sender to record the dialogue and

have it catalogued for others to read and reference, and

d. There is a way to handle mail for TIP users.

A suggestion made in the past to have a typewriter type terminal

permanently attached to TIP's to record all hardcopy messages

directed to that TIP should be reviewed.

We (SRI-ARC) have been looking into the problem of using the File

Transfer Protocol to allow NIC Journal mail to be sent and delivered

over the Network, without the user having to know and use NLS. We

intend to integrate this function with the Tenex SNDMSG capabilities.

For some preliminary internal ARC discussion on this subject, you may be

interested in reading two Journal items, one by Charles Irby (IJOURNAL,

14308,1:w) and the other by Jim White (IJOURNAL, 14312,1:w).

We realize that there are many benefits to this approach, but would

like to have such a scheme fit into an agreed upon Network wide

message and document sending protocol.

Especially important to us is that questions concerning user and

site identification, recorded and unrecorded dialogue, and

coordination among other mail subsystems on the Network, be fully

understood and mutually resolved at the desi...