1. OMG Issue

FTAM — ftam/ftp issue: binary vs text file transfer

  • Key: FTAM-16
  • Legacy Issue Number: 4208
  • Status: closed  
  • Source: DSTC ( Ted McFadden)
  • Summary:

    ftam/ftp issue: binary vs text file transfer

    Both FTP and FTAM make distinctions between text and binary files and
    use <CR><LF> newline encoding for text file transfer. FTAM has
    provision for identifying text or binary files by the FTAM type
    (FTAM1,FTAM2...) whereas FTP requires the client and server to
    somehow ascertain the file type before transfering as either text or

    It also appears that depending on the real filestore implementation,
    an FTAM responder may not always be able to authoritatively determine
    a file's type unless it has been explicitly set by a user.

    Having said that, does the ftam/ftp idl need to allow for text/binary
    transfer in the transfer, append, and insert operations? Or for the
    purposes of this specification are all transfers to be considered

    Requested Action: Some words in the specification about text vs.
    binary files.

  • Reported: FTAM 1.0b1 — Tue, 20 Feb 2001 05:00 GMT
  • Disposition: Resolved — FTAM 1.0
  • Disposition Summary:

    Treat all file transfers as binary.

  • Updated: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 21:48 GMT