Discussion on RCTE (RFC0719)
Original Publication Date: 1976-Jul-22
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-13
Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)
The following is the significant portion of a dialog on RCTE that has followed the publication of RFC 718.
Network Working Group Jon Postel (SRI-ARC)
Request for Comments: 719 Jul 76
Discussion on RCTE
The following is the significant portion of a dialog on RCTE that has
followed the publication of RFC 718.
15-Jul-76 Nancy Mimno (BBN-NET)
I've read RFC718 and have got some comments, in particular with
respect to the "third problem" or clearing the input buffer part.
1) I believe the stated implementation is backwards: in the normal
case of the RCTE mode negotiation, the server sends "WILL RCTE" and
the user sends ,"DO RCTE"; the reverse case is thus the server sending
"DO RCTE" and the user "WILL RCTE" Also, it is probably wise to say
explicitly that the server's sending "DO RCTE" requires the user
process to respond "WILL (or WON'T) RCTE" and that this response is
the synchronizing mark.
2) The problem is a real one and I think the RCTE protocol would be
better with a "clear input, reset counters" function. The question is
Ill now to do it. In talking with Rav yesterday, I learned that he had
this in mind as a general function, not restricted to RCTE; in fact,
TENEX sends the "reverse RCTE" option for "clear your input buffer"
whether or not the connection is in RCTE mode. In this case, the
statement about "cannot be confused with the normal use of the RCTE
option" will not always be true. I think we both agreed that the
current solution should just be an interim one.
3) I suggest a different way of performing this function, using the
synch-datamark sequence. First, the RCTE option would have to
explicitly require that this function reset the counters and cause a
"clear your input buffer (of data)", all synchronized with the
datamark of course. This is pretty much what it is now except for
the reset counters; receiving Synch-data mark when in RCTE probably
needed defining anyhow. Because RCTE won't work unless both sides
agree, the "clear input and reset counters" meaning for
synch-data mark would have to be a mandatory part of the RCTE option.
Second, since the Synch-data mark is a "one-way" function, there needs
to be a way for one side of the connection to tell the other side to
"send me a Synch-data mark". The New Telnet protocol spec implied that
Abort Output could be used for that purpose; if hot, then perhaps a
new function could be defined. Again, the RCTE option should make
some explicit statement requiring (or very strongLy recommending)
this interpretation of AO. For non-RCTE mode, it's a nice idea but