Re: POP3 protocol question

Steve Dorner <> Thu, 13 October 1994 01:57 UTC

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Subject: Re: POP3 protocol question

>If you're going over a dialup line, you need error detection with

MNP and LAP-M are quite adequate.  There are also error-checked streams
that do NOT support TCP, and for whom a single TCP port is by far more
convenient.  While this of course is not *strictly* an Internet issue, it's
a reasonable stretch.

>Second, if you start down the slippery
>slope of agreeing to put SMTP into POP3, next people will ask for FTP,
>GOPHER, etc in POP3 so that MIME's message/external-body can be

I don't really think there is a slope here at all.  You have two basic
needs with mail; sending and receiving.  I think there's a quite clear step
from XTND XMIT to gopher.

I'm not arguing for standardization of XTND XMIT; I'd just rather not hear
bad arguments against it.

>What's complex is putting duplicate functionality in every protocol.


Steve Dorner, Qualcomm Incorporated
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