[Idr] RFC5065 - Section 5.3

David Freedman <david.freedman@uk.clara.net> Tue, 08 July 2008 13:32 UTC

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Admittedly I'm a little late for this now that draft-ietf-idr-rfc3065bis
is now an RFC, but I'm unclear as to why Section 5.3 (3) states:

3) When comparing routes using AS_PATH length, CONFED_SEQUENCE and
      CONFED_SETs SHOULD NOT be counted.

I would rather have said:

When comparing routes using AS_PATH length, an implementation MAY
provide the ability to count CONFED_SEQUENCE and CONFED_SET.

Looking back through the archives, I see Ilya Varlashkin has commented
on this previously :


I too run a network where each subconfederation has a discrete IGP and I
do not wish them to interact, an implementation which provides the
ability to count CONFED_SEQUENCE / CONFED_SET and use this for route
comparison would be extremely useful, I do not understand why the
author(s) have used "SHOULD NOT" in this case, it seems silly.

Can somebody explain?


David Freedman

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