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File Transfer Protocol - meeting announcement and a new proposed document (RFC0454) Disclosure Number: IPCOM000004926D
Original Publication Date: 1973-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2019-Feb-12
Document File: 35 page(s) / 45K

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Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

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A.M. McKenzie: AUTHOR

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10.17487/RFC0454: DOI

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Network Working Group A. McKenzie Request for Comments: 454 BBN NIC: 14333 16 February 1973


Meeting Announcement and a New Proposed Document

Attached is a new proposal for a File Transfer Protocol. The document is an extensive update to RFC 354 and, I believe, incorporates solutions to most of the objections to RFC 354.

It now seems appropriate to make another attempt to reach final agreement on FTP. Accordingly, I am calling a meeting of interested parties, to be held at BBN on March 16, for discussion of this and other proposals.

This note is directed to the network community at large, rather than specifically to the old FTP committee, because I don’t believe that the FTP committee membership includes all the individuals who have contributed to the current state of FTP design. Nevertheless, it is intended that the meeting proceed from the current state, rather than bringing new members up-to-speed. Prospective attendees should therefore be familiar with at least the following documents:

RFC 354 RFC 385 RFC 414 RFC 418 RFC 438

Anyone wishing to attend this meeting should contact Alex McKenzie (NIC Ident aam) at BBN, 50 Moulton Street, Cambridge, Mass. 02138. My telephone number is:

(617) 491-1850 ext.441

When there is some indication of the number of individuals planning to attend, a meeting room will be reserved and more specific information will be directed to attendees.

McKenzie [Page 1]

RFC 454 File Transfer Protocol July 1972


This document is the outcome of a meeting held 25 January 1973 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, by the following people:

Abhay Bhushan (MIT - DMCG)

Bob Bressler (BBN - NET)

Bob Clements (BBN - TENEX)

Alex McKenzie (BBN - NET)

Nancy Neigus (BBN - NET)

Ken Pogran (MIT - MULTICS)

Marc Seriff (MIT - DMCG)

The basis of the document is RFC 354 with considerations drawn from RFC’s 385, 414, 418, and 438 and personal communication with network participants.

McKenzie [Page 2]

RFC 454 File Transfer Protocol July 1972



The File Transfer Protocol (FTP) is a protocol for file transfer between HOSTs (including terminal IMPs), on the ARPA Computer Network (ARPANET). The primary function of FTP is to transfer files efficiently and reliably among HOSTs and to allow the convenient use of remote file storage capabilities.

The objectives of FTP are 1) to promote sharing of files (computer programs and/or data), 2) to encourage indirect or implicit (via programs) use of remote computers, 3) to shield a user from variations in file storage systems among HOSTs, and 4) to transfer data reliably and efficiently. FTP, though usable directly by a user at a terminal, is designed mainly for use by programs.

The attempt in this specification is to satisfy the diverse needs of users of maxi-HOSTs, mini-HOSTs, TIPs, and the Datacomputer, with a simple, elegant, and easily implemented protocol design.

This paper assumes knowledge of the following protoco...