Re: New Internet-Draft: finger URL

Paul Hoffman (ietf-lists@proper.com)
Mon, 20 Feb 1995 10:46:47 -0700


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Date: Mon, 20 Feb 1995 10:46:47 -0700
To: uri@bunyip.com
From: ietf-lists@proper.com (Paul Hoffman)
Subject: Re: New Internet-Draft: finger URL

>To say the least, this is confusing.
> . . .
>I don't think you can easily call out "RFC 1288 syntax" by reference,
>since there is no BNF in 1288 that expresses exactly what you want.

Larry makes a really good point here. In what I said in the I-D, I confuse
the form of the requests that are being sent to the host with those being
given by the user in the URL.

Also, Reed is correct that we should allow "finger:@somehost".

I think the best way to resolve this is to replace:

where <request> is any request that conforms to the query specification
given in RFC 1288.

with:

where <request> is of the form:

[%2FW[*<%20>]][username]@hostname[*@hostname]

I think I got that right; what do y'all think?

--Paul Hoffman
--Proper Publishing