[ntp:questions] Fwd: Using ntpdate -b SERVER shortly after SERVER boots
Richard B. gilbert
rgilbert88 at comcast.net
Thu Feb 15 21:36:19 UTC 2007
Uwe Klein wrote:
> mills at udel.edu wrote:
>> The rfc1305 is fourteen years old and now overtaken by the NTPv4 draft
>> now on the project page. I would be happy to add a glossary and index,
>> but not in Postel ASCII. My tools produce wonderful, beautiful
>> PostScript and PDF, but not Postel ASCII.
> Do I find a definition of "Postel ASCII" somewhere?
> The only mention i found through google were some
> notoriously known persons discussing
> how to convert pdf -> Postel ASCII
> ( and that well in the past ;-))
> I don't have a problem with getting plain ascii from pdf, but
> there may be special pee to invest to achieve postel ascii?
Jonathan Postel was one of the Internet pioneers and was responsible for
editing RFCs for publication (or something like that). This was back in
the 1980's and maybe early 1990's. He insisted that RFCs be plain ASCII
text; no PostScript, no WordPerfect/Word/Wordstar etc. Plain ASCII text
could be read and written by anyone. None of the other potential
formats was easily accessible to everyone regardless of what O/S he was
running or the hardware platform he was running it on.
This was probably the proper call for that day and age. The world has
PDF is accessible to most people and most O/Ss but there are exceptions.
Adobe refuses to support the Solaris X86 platform. I don't think
there was ever a PDF reader for VMS.
Jonathan Postel has since died and some people feel that his ASCII text
only rule should continue in perpetuity or something. I don't agree but
I wasn't given a vote!
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