Re: client local file system access issues

Daniel W. Connolly (
Wed, 16 Feb 1994 18:06:06 --100

In message <>, Reed Wade writes:
>Is the 'file' URL documented anywhere?

Yeah, it's in the URL spec. But it's somewhat muddled.

Here's what I suggest we standardize on:

1. ftp://host/dir/dir/dir/file
and we define the semantics in terms of the FTP RFC
and/or the MIME ftp access-type.

2. local-file:/dir/dir/dir/file
again, see the MIME RFC for interpretation

And we support, for backwards compatibility

3. file://host/dir/file.ext
which means "try local-file, then ftp or rcp or whatever
other hacks are locally available"