[JDEV] Protocl proposal "priority bit"

Jeremie jer at jeremie.com
Fri Mar 26 20:39:23 CST 1999

This is definately a possibility(and was originally something SMTP was
supposed to do but it never came through).  What's cool, is that with the
way the Jabber transport/server currently works, this is completly up to
the module, so it can be controlled externally to the server.

Fun fun!


On Fri, 26 Mar 1999 qbradley at csc.UVic.CA wrote:

> Thomas Charron's idea about sending files as Jabber messages has given me
> an idea that might be useful generally.
> Perhaps there should be an attribute or tag that acts like a priority bit,
> like in ATM packets.  High priority packets would behave as already
> described.  Low priority packets would behave differently in one
> circumstance.  
> If a low priority packet gets to its destination server, and finds the
> user in question is not logged in, the packet is thrown away.
> This would be great for "file transfer" packets.. maybe 50 of them have
> already been sent when a user disconnects.  It is probably not desireable
> for them all to hang around on the server until the user reconnections.
> Instead the transfer should be resumed later.
> There is another use of the packet.  Messages which are time limited.
> Perhaps I send a message to my coworker "We are leaving for lunch right
> now".  I don't want him to get it an hour later.  Either they should get
> it right away or not at all.  Whether anyone would ever make use of such a
> feature or not depends on how easy it was, a user interface issue.
> Anyway, ramble ramble...  anyone else think it is an idea with merit?
> Quetzalcoatl Bradley
> qbradley at csc.uvic.ca

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