[Idr] Barry Leiba's Discuss on draft-ietf-idr-flow-spec-v6-17: (with DISCUSS and COMMENT)

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This should be extremely straightforward: either there’s a typo... or I simply
don’t understand.  In the Abstract:

   Dissemination of Flow Specification Rules provides a Border Gateway
   Protocol extension for the propagation of traffic flow information
   for the purpose of rate limiting or filtering IPv4 protocol data

Is that supposed to say “IPv6”?


A few minor comments:

— Section 3.1 —

   The offset has been defined
   to allow for flexible matching on part of the IPv6 address where it
   is required to skip (don't care) of N first bits of the address.

I can’t parse this sentence, nor make sense of the parenthetical.  Can you
reword it?

   In the case Length minus Offset is 0 every address matches.  Length
   MUST always be in the range 0-128 and Length minus Offset MUST always
   be 0 or more, otherwise this component is malformed.

Is there actually value in allowing 129 ways to match every address
(length=offset=0, length=offset=1, length=offset=87, and so on)?  If not, it
seems less prone to error to say that length=offset=0 matches every address,
and otherwise length MUST be greater than offset or the component is malformed.

— Section 3.8.1 —

   Neither for the destination prefix pattern (length - offset = 32 bit)
   nor for the source prefix pattern (length - offset = 40 bit) any
   padding is needed (both patterns end on a octet boundary).

This isn’t grammatical.  How about this?:

   Padding is not needed either for the destination prefix pattern
   (length - offset = 32 bit) or for the source prefix pattern
   (length - offset = 40 bit), as both patterns end on a octet