Meeting announcement to discuss a network mail system (RFC0453)
Original Publication Date: 1973-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2019-Feb-12
Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)
Network Working Group Michael D. Kudlick RFC # 453 SRI-ARC 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 what.
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 that
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.
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RFC 453 Meeting to Discuss a Network Mail System February 1973
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.