[dhcwg] Conflicting information regarding DHCP options 82 and 83.

Van Aken Dirk <VanAkenD@thmulti.com> Tue, 08 October 2002 21:00 UTC

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From: Van Aken Dirk <VanAkenD@thmulti.com>
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Subject: [dhcwg] Conflicting information regarding DHCP options 82 and 83.
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Hello DHCP Working Group,

I have some conflicting information regarding the DHCP options defined
below. i.e. On the IANA bootp-dhcp parameter list (
http://www.iana.org/assignments/bootp-dhcp-parameters ) I see the following
options:

   82      Agent Circuit ID         N    Agent Circuit ID
   83      Agent Remote ID          N    Agent Remote ID

On the other hand RFC3046 mentions the following":

>>>>
2.0 Relay Agent Information Option

   This document defines a new DHCP Option called the Relay Agent
   Information Option.  It is a "container" option for specific agent-
   supplied sub-options.  The format of the Relay Agent Information
   option is:

          Code   Len     Agent Information Field
         +------+------+------+------+------+------+--...-+------+
         |  82  |   N  |  i1  |  i2  |  i3  |  i4  |      |  iN  |
         +------+------+------+------+------+------+--...-+------+

   The length N gives the total number of octets in the Agent
   Information Field.  The Agent Information field consists of a
   sequence of SubOpt/Length/Value tuples for each sub-option, encoded
   in the following manner:

          SubOpt  Len     Sub-option Value
         +------+------+------+------+------+------+--...-+------+
         |  1   |   N  |  s1  |  s2  |  s3  |  s4  |      |  sN  |
         +------+------+------+------+------+------+--...-+------+
          SubOpt  Len     Sub-option Value
         +------+------+------+------+------+------+--...-+------+
         |  2   |   N  |  i1  |  i2  |  i3  |  i4  |      |  iN  |
         +------+------+------+------+------+------+--...-+------+

   No "pad" sub-option is defined, and the Information field shall NOT
   be terminated with a 255 sub-option.  The length N of the DHCP Agent
   Information Option shall include all bytes of the sub-option
   code/length/value tuples.  Since at least one sub-option must be
   defined, the minimum Relay Agent Information length is two (2).  The
   length N of the sub-options shall be the number of octets in only
   that sub-option's value field.  A sub-option length may be zero.  The
   sub-options need not appear in sub-option code order.

   The initial assignment of DHCP Relay Agent Sub-options is as follows:

                 DHCP Agent              Sub-Option Description
                 Sub-option Code
                 ---------------         ----------------------
                     1                   Agent Circuit ID Sub-option
                     2                   Agent Remote ID Sub-option
>>>>

So I wonder now if DHCP option 82 refers to the DHCP Relay Information
option for which there are defined two sub-options (1: Agent Circuit ID
Sub-option and 2:                Agent Remote ID Sub-option").

Or do I misunderstand something here ?

Thanks in advance - Dirk


Dirk Van Aken                              THOMSON multimedia Broadband
Belgium NV
System Architect                           Prins Boudewijnlaan 47,
Tel. : 03/443.65.08                        2650 Edegem
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vanakend@thmulti.com


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