Re: [dhcwg] I-D Action: draft-ietf-dhc-v6only-08.txt

Alexandre Petrescu <> Mon, 17 August 2020 15:32 UTC

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Le 17/08/2020 à 14:48, Lorenzo Colitti a écrit :
> On Mon, Aug 17, 2020 at 9:40 PM Alexandre Petrescu 
> < <>> 
> wrote:
> IPv6-only mode: a mode of operation of a computer whose IPv4 stack 
> has been removed from the running space and where IPv6 stack is 
> active.
> The definition you propose will not work for this document for at 
> least the following two reasons:
> * A host that is IPv6-only by your proposed definition cannot 
> implement DHCPv4, because DHCPv4 requires sending and receiving IPv4
>  packets.

I agree.

> * In section 3 draft explains that the client can decide that only 
> certain interfaces are IPv6-only. This means it could be using IPv4 
> on other interfaces, and it would not meet your proposed definition.

I agree with this as well.  Turning IPv4 off on some interface might
still leave it on on another interface.  In my tests I make sure the
only interface working has IPv4 disabled and IPv6 enabled.

Still, maybe it's just me.

The definition might promiss the term 'IPv6-only' for something it does
not really satisfy.

If I order a Vanilla-only ice cream I will refuse the slightest trace of

If it is 'IPv6-only' then there is no IPv4 address on any interface, and
the whole IPv4 stack is removed.

What the draft calls 'IPv6-only' is something heading towards true
IPv6-only (more than dual stack) but still not reaching it.  It is
'almost IPv6-only'.

So, maybe the term 'IPv6-only' is not appropriate.  Maybe 'almost
IPv6-only' is better(?)


> Cheers, Lorenzo