Re: [Idr] BGP Attribute for Large communities (Attribute 30) was squatted on - Let's get a new attribute number (1 week WG call (10/18 to 10/25)

"Dickinson, Ian" <Ian.Dickinson@sky.uk> Tue, 18 October 2016 15:59 UTC

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To: Michael H Lambert <lambert@psc.edu>, IETF IDR WG <idr@ietf.org>
Thread-Topic: [Idr] BGP Attribute for Large communities (Attribute 30) was squatted on - Let's get a new attribute number (1 week WG call (10/18 to 10/25)
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Subject: Re: [Idr] BGP Attribute for Large communities (Attribute 30) was squatted on - Let's get a new attribute number (1 week WG call (10/18 to 10/25)
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Michael H Lambert wrote:
> Would the same course of action be recommended if it were an
> open-source project (eg bird or quagga), rather than a commercial
> router vendor, squatting on attribute 30?  If the answer is an
>  unequivocal yes, then I agree with the proposed course of action.
> Otherwise, I think the burden falls on the vendor to fix their
> (with respect to standards) broken implementation.

Whilst I have some sympathy with this view, this issue came to light because the Huawei implementation is deployed in the Internet, and hence it would require changes by operators to fix. Given my wish for timeliness for large, I support the proposed action as the least risk approach. What should happen with regard to the squatting usage, I shall leave to others to comment on.

Ian
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