[rfc-i] On using HTTP for RFC retrieval

Paul Hoffman paul.hoffman at vpnc.org
Tue Nov 4 10:28:00 PST 2008

At 10:09 AM -0800 11/4/08, Bob Braden wrote:
>Actually, we have been pursuing a long-term effort to make http the default in call cases

- Go to http://www.rfc-editor.org/

- Select "Search for an RFC and its meta-data", which is <http://www.rfc-editor.org/rfcsearch.html>

- Enter "4321" in the entry box.

- There is one result, with a link of <http://www.rfc-editor.org/cgi-bin/rfcdoctype.pl?loc=RFC&letsgo=4321&type=ftp&file_format=txt>

- Select that link, So far, everything is HTTP.

- The CGI script now redirects to <ftp://ftp.rfc-editor.org/in-notes/rfc4321.txt>

It would maybe not be hard to change the CGI to retrieve the actual document over HTTP.

>although we intend to continue to support ftp.

That is a good plan.

--Paul Hoffman, Director
--VPN Consortium

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