Re: The NIC and FTPing host tables

Ra (root%bostonu.csnet@CSNET-RELAY.ARPA)
Fri, 28 Mar 86 15:03:04 EST

I'm new to some of this but wouldn't the obvious thing to do would be
to put up a difference file (perhaps with a hook in the name so the
difference from version 701 (eg) to the current were called something
like HDIFF701.TXT, that is, the string to FTP could be built on the
fly if you knew your current version.) The difference could then be
patched in at the local host and away you go, quickly.

Obviously that implies a few applications but I think they would be
basically trivial, analogues already exist (eg. UNIX' diff, patch.)
And for those who slavishly connect anyhow I suppose a format for
a null patch file could be created. Or is this all a moot issue?

        -Barry Shein, Boston University

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