UUCP Over TCP/IP (why?)


Root Boy Jim (rbj@nav.icst.nbs.gov)
Tue, 19 Jul 88 12:07:07 EDT


? From: bzs%bu-cs.bu.edu@bu-it.bu.edu (Barry Shein)

? >Pardon my ignorance, but I'm confused about running uucp over TCP links.
? >
? >My question is why?

? Very simple, to accomodate application layer software written for UUCP
? in the least invasive way without having to rewrite it all including,
? as you guessed, store and forward pieces that can travel over both
? TCP/UUCP links and vanilla UUCP/serial links without modification.

? The emphasis is on "without having to rewrite...", the approach works
? quite well, especially for the last few hops around a LAN after it
? arrives (often over a serial line) at the campus, or the first few
? hops going out, as the case may be.

I would have to agree with Barry here. The `news' system works with UUCP,
not with TCP/IP. I have been living with ARPANET mailing lists and am
restricted to a subset of the newsgroups, which may be a blessing.

? -Barry Shein, Boston University

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