Re: Objection to draft-ietf-6man-rfc4291bis-07.txt - textual representation of prefixes

Brian E Carpenter <brian.e.carpenter@gmail.com> Sat, 04 March 2017 19:29 UTC

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Subject: Re: Objection to draft-ietf-6man-rfc4291bis-07.txt - textual representation of prefixes
To: Alexandre Petrescu <alexandre.petrescu@gmail.com>
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From: Brian E Carpenter <brian.e.carpenter@gmail.com>
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On 05/03/2017 01:09, Alexandre Petrescu wrote:
> Fred,
> 
> I think the problem I have - agreed, on my side - is that "fe80::/10" is
> sometimes read as a link-local address, other times as a prefix
> configured on a computer, other times as just the first 10bits of an LL
> address.

It's a prefix. ("Point, à la ligne.", comme on dit en francais.)

The problem isn't there. It's that in a router, a prefix is the thing
you perform longest match against. In a host, it's what you use in
source address selection, next-hop router selection, and on-link
determination, and during address auto-configuration. So it has
many roles.

And fe80::/x is just a special case. No way round that. Also, it's
meaningless without an interface, but we don't write fe80::/10%eth0.

   Brian