How to Obtain Request for Comments Documents from the Internet

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This article describes how to obtain Request For Comments (RFC) documents from the Internet.

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RFCs may be obtained by using e-mail or the File Transfer Protocol (FTP) from many RFC repositories. Primary Repositories should have the RFC available when it is first announced. Secondary Repositories may have the RFC available when it is first announced or they may need a few days to obtain the most recent RFCs.

Many of these repositories now have World Wide Web servers. The following Web site has more information about RFCs:
http://www.rfc-editor.org

Primary Repositories

RFCs can be obtained by FTP from any of the following Web sites:

   nis.nsf.net
   nisc.jvnc.net
   ftp.isi.edu
   wuarchive.wustl.edu
   src.doc.ic.ac.uk
   ftp.ncren.net
   ftp.sesqui.net
   ftp.nic.it
   ftp.imag.fr
				
To obtain RFCs from nis.nsf.net by using FTP, use the following steps:
  1. Login with username "anonymous" and password "name@host.domain".
  2. Type cd /internet/documents/rfc, and then press ENTER. Files that are stored in this folder use the following naming convention
    rfcnnnn.txt
    where nnnn is the RFC number.

    NOTE: For sites without FTP capability, you can send e-mail queries to nis.nsf.net. Address the request to "nis-info@nis.nsf.net" (without quotation marks), but leave the subject field of the message blank. The first line of text in the message must be "send rfcnnnn.txt" (without quotation marks).

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