Re: Last Call: <draft-ietf-6man-rfc4291bis-07.txt> (IP Version 6 Addressing Architecture) to Internet Standard

Fred Baker <fredbaker.ietf@gmail.com> Thu, 16 February 2017 21:12 UTC

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Subject: Re: Last Call: <draft-ietf-6man-rfc4291bis-07.txt> (IP Version 6 Addressing Architecture) to Internet Standard
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On Feb 16, 2017, at 12:52 PM, Mark Smith <markzzzsmith@gmail.com>; wrote:
> So what is your objection to having a well-known addressing structure?

I think the big problem is that it's well-known except when it isn't. We don't always have a 64 bit IID; we explicitly allow for prefixes like /127 (RFC 6164) etc in certain cases. It's a CIDR prefix (RFC 7608), meaning that prefixes in routing can be any length that makes sense operationally. 7608 was written in large part to advise chip vendors that prefix lengths longer than /64 needed to be OK.

So it isn't so very well-known. The 64 bit IID is a convention, not hard and fast. I would differ from Randy's characterization because of the kernel truth of RFC 7608, and with yours for the same reason.

And we seem to repeat this debate periodically. It gets boring.