Re: Subject: Confirming consensus on adopting draft-carpenter-6man-why64

Lorenzo Colitti <lorenzo@google.com> Wed, 12 March 2014 11:24 UTC

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From: Lorenzo Colitti <lorenzo@google.com>
Date: Wed, 12 Mar 2014 20:23:33 +0900
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Subject: Re: Subject: Confirming consensus on adopting draft-carpenter-6man-why64
To: David Farmer <farmer@umn.edu>
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On Wed, Mar 12, 2014 at 4:39 AM, David Farmer <farmer@umn.edu> wrote:

> However, if we agree that the IPv6 architecture is designed to be VLSM;
> combined with the fact that ND has a prefix length field; then while IIDs
> are currently specified to only be 64 bits, it seems implicit that other
> IID lengths are anticipated by the architecture.
>
> Therefore, unless the conclusion proposed is that there should never be
> IIDs other than 64 bits, which I believe would also be beyond the scope of
> an informational RFC as well, I would like to suggest we consider the
> conclusion of the draft as a problem statement in that most implementations
> seem to ignore any IIDs other than 64 and this will be a serious forward
> compatibility issue if other IID lengths are ever specified in the future
>

Well, but people might not agree that that's a problem. For example, I
happen to think it's acceptable and perhaps even desirable to not allow
IPv6 addresses to have prefix lengths between /65 and /126.

If others agree with me, then it's possible we won't be able to get
consensus on that problem statement, and therefore we should just maintain
the current content of this draft as "this is the current state of affairs,
and here's why it was designed this way".

Note: I happen to think that there are good reasons for this split, and I
would love to see the draft say "we believe /64 is the right way to go
because...", but realistically, I'm not sure such a statement would gain
consensus either :-)