IFX Mail Archive: Re: Online and connected?

IFX Mail Archive: Re: Online and connected?

Re: Online and connected?

Richard Shockey (rshockey@ix.netcom.com)
Mon, 29 Mar 1999 12:14:45 -0600

>The only kind of mechanism that can degrade gracefully from fully-connected
>to intermittently-connected cases is one that performs (or can perform)
>message store-and-forward.

That is the concept behind SMTP if extended to Session Mode.

>A corollary of this is that if IPP is to used then it will not, of itself,
>address the needs of intermittently connected users. (This doesn't mean
>that they cannot be addressed by additional future developments.) So maybe
>the choice is really: do we defer consideration of intermittently
>connected users as a later problem, or do we relax the goals in some way to
>include them in the current work?

Intermittently connected users are served by RFC2305+ now, its just that
the nature of SMTP beast means you cannot do some things that need to be
done to achieve reliable transmission with our goals in mind. The needs of
some intermittent users may be served by IPP gateway services, its just how
far do we go down that road.

Richard Shockey
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