[JDEV] File Transfer Proposals

Tom Jackson tom at zmbh.com
Tue Feb 19 12:56:07 CST 2002

Jay Curry wrote:
> Talk has no built in mechanism for sending files. You may co-ordinate
> with the person you are talking with, and send a binary file via
> uuen/decode, or xxen/decode, however you can just as easily do that in
> Jabber.

Of course it would need to be encoded in Jabber. Problem is there is a
file size limit
in jabber. Packets can only be so long. So right now you can't just as
easily do it.
Also, you don't want some huge packet anyway

> I would be surprised if you could not go through your services file and
> find a dozen or so protocols that can't be used to transfer binary
> files. Off the top of my head, I don't think it can be done with 
> ntp, echo, discard, daytime, netstat, qotd, chargen, ftp (ftp-data is the
> protocol that transfers file in the ftp protocol) time, rlp, whois, or
> re-mail-ck, 

Hmm, well of course echo and discard work fine on binary data, assuming
you choose construct the send and recv functions correctly. But except
for ftp I don't think any of these are used as a a means of transfering
generic data. From what I have gleened from the jdev list is that Jabber
is supposed to be a generic backbone service, otherwise why is there any
discussion on file transfer?  

--Tom Jackson

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