Re: [Entmib] entstate-651 Notification Description Changes (Part II)

Juergen Schoenwaelder <j.schoenwaelder@iu-bremen.de> Thu, 16 December 2004 21:37 UTC

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From: Juergen Schoenwaelder <j.schoenwaelder@iu-bremen.de>
To: Sharon Chisholm <schishol@nortelnetworks.com>
Subject: Re: [Entmib] entstate-651 Notification Description Changes (Part II)
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On Thu, Dec 16, 2004 at 11:04:24AM -0500, Sharon Chisholm wrote:

> Missed part of this ....
> 
> <Juergen>
> p) The notification are optional. Should there be any further
> guideline under which conditions implementations should support
> them?
> </Juergen>
> 
> I don't think so. They probably should have been mandatory but optional was
> more a political decision. I think it is an implement them if you find them
> useful sort of thing rather than a design pattern that implementations could
> test against.

I dislike totally optional notifications in standards. Either these
notifications are generally useful or they are useful in specific
situations which then need to be spelled out or they are not useful 
at all. How do I practically find out whether a given box supports
these notifications? Is the answer that I have to physically remove
decives are beg the vendor to give me a suitable agent capabilities
statements? Sounds all not very practical from a network management
application writer point of view...

/js

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Juergen Schoenwaelder		    International University Bremen
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