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Re: lynx-dev Revised patch for HTFTP.c

From: pg
Subject: Re: lynx-dev Revised patch for HTFTP.c
Date: Sat, 19 Aug 2000 04:36:15 -0600 (MDT)

In a recent note, Klaus Weide said:

> Date: Sat, 19 Aug 2000 01:13:20 -0500 (CDT)
> The FTP protocol ought to be general enough such that it will continue
> to work in the future, with currently not yet existing systems, as long
> as those future systems themselves follow the protocol.  ANd not just the
> protocol should be general enough, but its current implementations
> (including lynx).  Consider a system LFCR/OS that becomes popular in 10
> years, and which is based on ASCII but for which the native line end
> representation is LF CR...  Or just any system for which the native
> character encoding is not ASCII based and which isn't recognized as
> VM/CMS or similar either.
Perhaps Siemens BS/2000?

> I see it breaking the generality of the protocol assumptions.  It
> anticipates only that which is currently observed in practice, as opposed
> to: the full range of possible situations for which the protocol
> allows.
Me too.  Accommodating broken servers can only serve to encourage them.

-- gil

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