Network Working Group K. Victor
Request for Comments: 576 September 1973
Proposal for Modifying Linking
We plan to modify the link jsys in TENEX to work in a little bit
better way in terms of the user interface. Conversations with BBN
indicate that they have no complaints with the current
implementation. However, if after we have gained experience with our
new implementation, we will let them know about it and they will
review the new implementation and possibly accept it as part of
I would appreciate feedback in the next couple of days so that I can
go ahead and implement this proposal (or a modified proposal or
nothing...). (I estimate that it will only take a couple of hours to
(Note that by modifying the jsys, the proposed changes as specified
will be in effect at the user level in the exec.)
The default state for all users will remain as it currently is, i.e.
Now, consider users A, B, and C.
If A and B link to each other they are now holding a conversation.
After establishing a conversation, all members of the conversation
will be placed in the REFUSE LINKS state.
If user C (or any other user) now tries to link to user A (or B), the
bell will ring on users A (or B) and C terminals indicating that A
(or B) is in a REFUSE LINKS state.
If A ignores the bell then C is not admitted to the conversation
and A and B can continue their conversation as if C had never
tried to enter the conversation.
However, if A does a RECEIVE LINKS while the bell is ringing (the
bell rings for approximately 15 seconds), then C will be linked
into the conversation and not to just user A. Thus A and B will
be linked, A and C will be linked, and B and C will be linked,
i.e., a three way conversation. Also, users A, B, and C will be
in the REFUSE LINKS state.
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RFC 576 Proposal for modifying linking September 1973
Whenever a user leaves a conversation, his state will be set
automatically to RECEIVE LINKS.
Thus, when user C does a break links the resulting states will be:
A and B will be linked and both will be in REFUSE LINKS
C will be out of the conversation and will be in RECEIVE LINKS
Now, when A or B does a BREAK LINKS there will no longer be a
conversation and both A and B will be in the RECEIVE LINKS state.
After any conversation is established, all members of the
conversation are placed in the REFUSED LINKS state.
When a user links to a terminal or a user, he is in fact linking
into a conversation if one exists or to an individual if no
conversation is taking place.
When a user leaves a conversation, she is placed in the RECEIVE
Changes to the TLINK jsys will be necessary to implement the above.
No changes are required in the EXEC. In addition to the above
changes, we will add a new jsys that will return the link and advise
status for a passed terminal, i.e., you will be able to tell which
lines are linked to the passed terminal, which lines the passed
terminal is linked to, which line the passed terminal is advising,
and/or which line is advising the passed terminal. This information
will probably be incorporated into the systat printout, the where is
printout, and will probably be used within NLS for shared screen
[This RFC was put into machine readable form for entry]
[into the online RFC archives by Bob German 7/99]
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