IPP> Default port (was Re: IPP> September Minutes)

IPP> Default port (was Re: IPP> September Minutes)

IPP> Default port (was Re: IPP> September Minutes)

Dale Wick dalew at truespectra.com
Tue Sep 23 17:28:42 EDT 1997


Patrick Powell said:
> >           - While the conference call was still open, we discussed the
> >           use of a port besides 80.  It was the consensus that we
> >           would not mandate an alternative port number but we would
> >           not preclude some implementations from using alternative
> >           ports.  The protocol document should make a statement that
> >           by default IPP should be supported by servers and clients
> >           over port 80.
> =
> I think that this is a serious mistake.  What is happening here is you
> are adding required functionality to a HTTP port service without
> coordinating this with the folks doing the HTTP stuff.
> =
> In addition,  you are requiring non-printer vendors to supply
> a HTTP server that will not only do regular HTTP functionality
> but also provide support for IPP as well if they want to do GATEWAY
> support for the IPP protocol to other print systems.
>
> This is the part where I disagree strongly.
>
The falacy in this arguement is that IPP isn't an independent protocol
it is a protocol layered inside HTTP 1.1.  To have IPP default to anything
other than port 80 whould require that our printer URIs be in the form
of ipp://site/printer instead of http://site/printer which is not the
direction we chose, when we went for a layer under HTTP.  If port 80
at a site is occupied by a non-ipp http server, then use allow for =
printers to use a different port.


 Dale

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