Network Working Group
Request for Comments: 858
Obsoletes: NIC 15392
J. Postel
J. Reynolds
May 1983


This RFC specifies a standard for the ARPA Internet community. Hosts on

the ARPA Internet are expected to adopt and implement this standard.

1. Command Name and Code


2. Command Meanings


The sender of this command requests permission to begin suppressing transmission of the TELNET GO AHEAD (GA) character when transmitting data characters, or the sender of this command confirms it will now begin suppressing transmission of GAs with transmitted data characters.


The sender of this command demands to begin transmitting, or to continue transmitting, the GA character when transmitting data characters.


The sender of this commannd requests that the sender of data start suppressing GA when transmitting data, or the sender of this command confirms that the sender of data is expected to suppress transmission of GAs.


The sender of this command demands that the receiver of the command start or continue transmitting GAs when transmitting data.

3. Default


Go aheads are transmitted.

RFC 858 May 1983

4. Motivation for the Option

While the NVT nominally follows a half duplex protocol complete with a GO AHEAD signal, there is no reason why a full duplex connection between a full duplex terminal and a host optimized to handle full duplex terminals should be burdened with the GO AHEAD signal. Therefore, it is desirable to have a TELNET option with which parties involved can agree that one or the other or both should suppress transmission of GO AHEADS.

5. Description of the Option

When the SUPPRESS-GO-AHEAD option is in effect on the connection between a sender of data and the receiver of the data, the sender need not transmit GAs.

It seems probable that the parties to the TELNET connection will suppress GO AHEAD in both directions of the TELNET connection if GO AHEAD is suppressed at all; but, nonetheless, it must be suppressed in both directions independently.

With the SUPPRESS-GO-AHEAD option in effect, the IAC GA command should be treated as a NOP if received, although IAC GA should not normally be sent in this mode.

6. Implementation Considerations

As the SUPRESS-GO-AHEAD option is sort of the opposite of a line at a time mode, the sender of data which is suppressing GO AHEADs should attempt to actually transmit characters as soon as possible (i.e., with minimal buffering) consistent with any other agreements which are in effect.

   In many TELNET implementations it will be desirable to couple the
   SUPPRESS-GO-AHEAD option to the echo option so that when the echo
   option is in effect, the SUPPRESS-GO-AHEAD option is in effect
   simultaneously:  both of these options will normally have to be in
   effect simultaneously to effect what is commonly understood to be
   character at a time echoing by the remote computer.