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Network Working Group S. Sluizer Request for Comments: 785 J. Postel

                                                             July 1981
                      MAIL TRANSFER PROTOCOL:
                    ISI TOPS20 FILE DEFINITIONS


 This document defines the ISI TOPS20s interface between the Mail
 Transfer Protocol (MTP) and a mail creation system (e.g., MM, HERMES,
 etc.) in terms of the files which implement it.  The internal
 structure and name of each file is described below.
 For a complete understanding of the MTP protocol as well as the terms
 used within this document, see RFC 780, "Mail Transfer Protocol".


 For each piece of mail, the TOPS20 interface between a mail creation
 system and MTP is comprised of two files.  The first file must be
 named "^V[--UNSENT-MAIL-CONTROL--^V].MTP.-1", where "^V" represents
 the character "control V" (ASCII code 026) and the generation number
 "-1" indicates the next higher generation number (at the time of the
 file's creation).  It is strongly suggested that the second file be
 named "^V[--UNSENT-MAIL-FILE--^V].MTP.-1", where "^V" and "-1" are as
 defined before.  (However, the actual file name may be chosen by the
 mail creation system.)  Both these files reside in the directory of
 the user who created the mail (as is currently the case with the
 MAILER-based system).
 "^V[--UNSENT-MAIL-CONTROL--^V].MTP.-1" is the control file.  It is an
 ASCIZ file and contains all information necessary to relay the mail
 through MTP.  It consists of a pointer to the mail text, the
 source-path, and all destination-paths.
 First is "FILE:" followed by the FULL mail text file name (which must
 include directory name and generation number) followed by <CRLF>
 (ASCII code 15 followed by ASCII code 12).  Note that a structure
 name is allowed; if not given "PS:" will be assumed.  Also note that
 for each character that must be quoted in a file name the quote
 character (^V) must be present in the string following "FILE:".  Next
 is "FROM:" followed by the <FROM-path> followed by <CRLF>.  Finally,
 each destination is given in the form "TO:" followed by the <TO-path>
 followed by <CRLF>.  The FROM- and TO-paths include surrounding angle
 brackets (i.e., <...>) and are identical respectively to the source-
 and destination-paths described in RFC 780.

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July 1981 RFC 785 ISI TOPS20 File Definitions

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                     |FILE: <File name> <CRLF>|
                     |FROM: <FROM-path> <CRLF>|
                     |  TO: <TO-path> <CRLF>  |
                     |           ...          |
                     |  TO: <TO-path> <CRLF>  |
      File structure for ^V[--UNSENT-MAIL-CONTROL--^V].MTP.-1
                              Figure 1
 "^V[--UNSENT-MAIL-FILE--^V].MTP.-1" is the mail text file.  (Note
 that this is the file to which <File name> in the control file
 refers.)  It is mail which conforms to the standard described in RFC
 733, "Standard for the Format of ARPA Network Text Messages".


 The older mail creation systems create N copies of a mail text file,
 one for each of the N addresses in the TO, CC, and BCC fields.  Each
 file is named "^V[--UNSENT-MAIL--^V].<mailbox>^V@<host>.-1", where
 <mailbox> and <host> are as defined in MTP, and "^V" and "-1" are as
 defined above.
 The interface between the mail creation system and MTP requires only
 the creation of two files, regardless of the number of addresses in
 the TO, CC, and BCC fields.  The control file contains the
 source-path and destination-paths information as well as a pointer to
 the mail text file.  The mail text file contains the the RFC 733
 header and body.

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RFC 785 July 1981

                                                Mail Transfer Protocol


 In this example, there were no previously existing versions of either
 the control file or the mail text file in directory <LINDA> where the
 message was created.  Figure 2 shows the mail text file and figure 3
 shows the control file.
  1. —————————————————————–

DATE: April 6, 1981

    Sender: Linda at ISIF
    From: Jon Postel <postel@isif>
    To: DCrocker at UDel, Cerf at ISIA
    Cc: postel@ISIF
    Bcc: sluizer@isif
    Subject: MTP discussion
    Your comments on the MTP document were most helpful.  A revised
    version will be forthcoming shortly.
    Thanks again,
      File contents of <LINDA>^V[--UNSENT-MAIL-FILE--^V].MTP.1
                              Figure 2
  1. —————————————————————–


        |FROM:<Linda@ISIF><CRLF>                           |
        |TO:<DCrocker@UDel><CRLF>                          |
        |TO:<Cerf@ISIA><CRLF>                              |
        |TO:<postel@ISIF><CRLF>                            |
        |TO:<sluizer@isif><CRLF>                           |
        File contents of ^V[--UNSENT-MAIL-CONTROL--^V].MTP.1
                              Figure 3

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