by Darius Kazemi, August 5 2019
Changes to UCSB services
RFC-217 is titled “Specification Changes for OLS, RJE/RJOR, and SMFS”. It's authored by Jim White of UCSB and dated September 8, 1971.
The technical content
This RFC issues four revisions.
First, since literally nobody has tried to connect to the Network Control Program described in RFC-74, they have taken down that service.
Second, the Remote Job Entry (RJE) protocol outlined in RFC-105 used to throw away the first 8 bits of a message in order to ignore the “message type” field. Since that field is no longer in the RFC-107 version of the Host-Host Protocol, the RJE no longer expects to receive that spurious data.
Third, RJE now uses the Initial Connection Protocol to connect instead of its own unique system.
Fourth, RJE and the Simple-Minded File System now use an 8-bit byte when sending data to a remote user. (They still accept any declared byte size for incoming traffic.)
All of these revisions really stem from making their services compliant with the RFC-107 version of the Host-Host Protocol.
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