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ftp URLs and browser behaviour

From: Steven Heaney <heaney@cambridge.scr.slb.com>
Date: 19 Aug 97 13:41:01 +0100
To: www-talk@w3.org
Message-Id: <B01F52F7-D67D3@134.32.101.215>

If I want to reference a resource via an ftp URL that requires a username 
and password (other than anonymous) on the host machine, is there a 
standard way to indicate this in the URL without providing a username 
i.e.

  ftp://:@myhost.com/a/resource

This doesn't work (under Netscape), but the alternative

  ftp://myhost.com/a/resource

only tries the username 'anonymous' and fails if this is not supported 
on the host.  Is there a standard solution (the URL RFC 1738 isn't clear 
on this) or is it simply a browser implementation issue (Cyberdog 
for example requests a username and password if anonymous fails).

Thanks,

Steve.

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Steve Heaney
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Received on Tuesday, 19 August 1997 08:39:55 GMT

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