Updates to the NNTP Protocol
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Network Working Group                                             E. Sam
Internet-Draft                                            March 18, 2020
Intended status: Informational
Expires: September 19, 2020

                      Updates to the NNTP Protocol
                        draft-sam-nntpupdates-00

Abstract

   This Internet Draft proposes and suggests updates to the Network News
   Transfer protocol, or NNTP.  The NNTP powers Usenet, one of the
   largest social media platforms in the world.  It is primarily used
   for transferring text and binary posts.  The aim of these updates is
   to improve efficiency between NNTP peers and NNTP clients.

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Table of Contents

   1.  Background  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   2
   2.  Conventions and Definitions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
   3.  Updates to Article Posting and Retrieval  . . . . . . . . . .   3
   4.  Command Updates/Additions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
     4.1.  XPAT  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
       4.1.1.  Usage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
       4.1.2.  Description . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
       4.1.3.  Examples  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
     4.2.  WHOAMI  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
       4.2.1.  Usage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
       4.2.2.  Description . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
       4.2.3.  Examples  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
   5.  Dynamic Feeds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
     5.1.  LIST CRITERIA command . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
     5.2.  MAXARTSIZE attribute  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
     5.3.  GROUPWILDMAT attribute  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
     5.4.  MAXGROUPS attribute . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8
     5.5.  DIST attribute  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8
     5.6.  Example . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8
   6.  Header Related Commands . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8
     6.1.  IHAVEHDR  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   9
       6.1.1.  Usage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   9
       6.1.2.  Description . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   9
       6.1.3.  Examples  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10
     6.2.  Changes to Certain Commands with HEADER capability  . . .  11
   7.  IANA Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  11
   8.  Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  11
   9.  References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  11
     9.1.  Normative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  11
     9.2.  Informative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  12
   Acknowledgments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  12
   Author's Address  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  12

1.  Background

   Usenet is one of the largest social media networks in the world, with
   many endpoints and users posting both text and binary content into
   the network.  This draft proposes various changes and improvements to
   keep up with the demand for Usenet.

   Today, many posts are transmitted through the Usenet network and this
   can cause stress on a server.  Header-only feeds, which are
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