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RE: Status of RFC 1738 -- 'ftp' URI scheme

From: Michael Wojcik <Michael.Wojcik@microfocus.com>
Date: Mon, 3 Jan 2011 06:02:09 -0800
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To: "URI" <uri@w3.org>
> From: uri-request@w3.org [mailto:uri-request@w3.org] On Behalf Of
Mykyta Yevstifeyev
> Sent: Friday, 31 December, 2010 00:17
> To: Ira McDonald
> Cc: John Cowan; Charles Lindsey; URI

> Currently, all of them (except afs, mailserver and tn3270) have 
> been specified or moved to Historic. ... So I think now it's time 
> to discuss if it should be moved to Historic either. 
> Maybe (2) seems more acceptable for me. Has anyone seen the Andrew 
> File System wide-spread among the Internet? As I know, it was an 
> experimental effort of Carnegie Mellon University and I really do 
> not neither know any public-available resources hat can be 
> accessed by such a scheme nor clients for it. 

AFS is not just an experimental system, and not used just at CMU. It was
used at a number of universities and businesses in production, and sold
as a product by Transarc (now part of IBM). When I worked at IBM in the
late '80s and early '90s we used it, for example.

MIT's Project Athena ran a good-sized AFS cell. As far as I know it's
still in use; MIT is still hosting pages about it.[1]

OpenAFS [2] is available for several platforms, and is active. There
were 35 messages on its announce list last year.

Some casual searching suggests there are at least a few public AFS

I don't know whether there are any clients that support afs-scheme URLs.

[1] See for example http://ist.mit.edu/services/web/afs/about.
[2] http://openafs.org/

Michael Wojcik
Principal Software Systems Developer, Micro Focus

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