Re: [RFC 959] FTP in ASCII mode

Frank Ellermann <nobody@xyzzy.claranet.de> Tue, 21 February 2006 09:42 UTC

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John C Klensin wrote:

> I've lose my memory about the state of "virtual card decks"
> at the time

VM DEV PUN ?  All I recall about it is that I've (ab)used it
for some kind of "local mail" between different VMs (users).

Before this thread here it never occured to me that "ASCII"
in ftp could be about more than "translate from/to local EOL
convention".  So far I got away with "always use 'binary'
for ftp" disabling all attempts to be smart on the ftp-side,
and for a server option cp=NONE (don't assume a codepage for
file names) was what I wanted.  

Admittedly that's I18N from hell, "just don't", but IMO it's
not the time for worldwide upgrades and ftp-IRIs.  Let those
old ftp servers die in peace.  We have http and MIME for the
tricky cases.
                       Bye, Frank



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