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FTP urls

From: Josh Cohen <josh@netscape.com>
Date: Tue, 6 May 1997 11:48:00 -0700 (PDT)
To: ben@algroup.co.uk
Cc: masinter@parc.xerox.com, http-wg@cuckoo.hpl.hp.com
Message-Id: <Roam.SIMC.2.0.6.862944480.3404.josh@netscape.com>
So, 
 do most people agree with this?

 should a ftp url like:
 ftp://host/cwd/cwd/  be terminated with a slash?

 meaning that if the last component is a dir and not a 'name'
 then it isnt 'complete' and should have the slash,
 or that in absence of the slash the final componenent being
 a dir, a redirect to the slash terminated URL is prudent ?

ie ftp://host/cwd/cwd/cwd
 becomes:
   ftp://host/cwd/cwd/cwd/ vie redirect.

Im restating this because I sent the original message with 
 the wrong subject.

> Josh Cohen wrote:
> > 3.2.2. FTP url-path
> > 
> >    The url-path of a FTP URL has the following syntax:
> > 
> >         <cwd1>/<cwd2>/.../<cwdN>/<name>;type=<typecode>
> > 
> >    Where <cwd1> through <cwdN> and <name> are (possibly encoded) strings
> >    and <typecode> is one of the characters "a", "i", or "d".  The part
> >    ";type=<typecode>" may be omitted. The <cwdx> and <name> parts may be
> >    empty. The whole url-path may be omitted, including the "/"
> >    delimiting it from the prefix containing user, password, host, and
> >    port.
> > 
> > The lynx user asserts this to mean "an ftp URL may not be terminated
> >  by a slash "
> 
> It clearly states that <name> may be empty, and ";type=<typecode>" may be
> omitted, but the slash cannot be omitted (unless the url-path is empty),
> therefore it _can_ end with a slash. QED.
> 
> Cheers,
> 
> Ben.
> 
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