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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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      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 design level before
  implementation work proceeds.
  We therefore want to discuss these issues at the Network Mail
  meeting February 22.

Role of the NIC

In conjunction with the above discussion, we will consider offering the services of the Network Information Center in three related areas:

  to implement and maintain identification files for all network users
  and sites;
      (These files could be made available in sequential form through
      a standard socket so that Network sites could either query them
      or periodically obtain updated copy.)
  to record in the NIC Journal that mail which the sender wishes to
  have recorded, and to catalogue those items for later reference;
  to distribute Journal or message mail through the Network via File
  Transfer Protocols if requested;
  to provide and use NIC dialogue group identifications, in order to
  make it simpler to send items to several persons who had a common

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Network Mail Meeting Logistics

If you or anyone at your site would like to attend the meeting, please notify Mil Jernigan (MEJ) at SRI-ARC:

  phone (415) 326-6200 ext. 4775

If you request it, we will make motel reservations for you.

Signed … MD Kudlick

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