by Darius Kazemi, September 22 2019
File Transfer Protocol revisions
RFC-265 is titled “The File Transfer Protocol”. It's dated November 17, 1971. It's authored by Bhushan, Braden, Crowther, Harslem, Heafner, McKenzie, Melvin, Sundberg, Watson, and White.
The technical content
This RFC is an update to RFC-172, which is the specification for the File Transfer Protocol. As in RFC-264, the authors include an overview of exactly what was changed in this revision. Unfortunately some key information is missing from the transcription so I had to go digging.
Basically they added a “create file” request and an “append to file and create if it doesn't exist” request, which addresses some of Braden's concerns in RFC-238. There are also new error codes related to those new requests.
This is a pretty straightforward revision of the FTP spec, not too much to see here if you've already read RFC-171.
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