Re: IID length text [was Re: Review of draft-ietf-6man-rfc4291bis-06]

David Farmer <farmer@umn.edu> Tue, 17 January 2017 04:32 UTC

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From: David Farmer <farmer@umn.edu>
Date: Mon, 16 Jan 2017 22:32:43 -0600
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Subject: Re: IID length text [was Re: Review of draft-ietf-6man-rfc4291bis-06]
To: Erik Kline <ek@google.com>
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On Mon, Jan 16, 2017 at 8:36 PM, Erik Kline <ek@google.com> wrote:

>
> Actually, I think the NEW text is pretty reasonable if we could
> restore the word "required" for the currently allocated unicast status
> quo:
>
> From:
>
>    ... For all currently
>    allocated unicast addresses, except those that start with the binary
>    value 000, that length is 64 bits.
>
> To:
>
>    ...  For all currently
>    allocated unicast addresses, except those that start with the binary
>    value 000, that length is required to be 64 bits.
>
> We can always produce a document that updates 4291bis for 4::/3 or
> whatever we want, and the new text states so explicitly.
>
> But I'm not convinced we should change to text that could be read to
> weaken the current situation.
>

The new text correctly states that 64 bit IIDs are required for SLACC,
reinserting "required" back in the phrase above just brings back the
conflict with section 2.4 and RFC6164, BCP198/RFC7608, because the
statement isn't scoped to SLACC.  64 bit IIDs are clearly the consensus
RECOMMENDATION, other than for point-to-point links, but saying they are
REQUIRED for other than SLACC is plainly false.  Manual configuration and
DHCPv6 with other than 64 bit IIDs or /64 subnets, are in operational use
in many places, this is clearly NOT RECOMMENDED, but it is completely
consistent with all the rest of specifications of IPv6.  Furthermore, if
the old text was correctly understood we would not have needed RFC5942 and
BCP198/RFC7608, therefore the old text is clearly faulty.

I support the new text with the minor tweaks begin discussed,
 s/fixed/consistent/.



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