Re: [Ntp] Calls for Adoption -- NTP Extension Field drafts -- Four separate drafts

Watson Ladd <watsonbladd@gmail.com> Wed, 28 August 2019 15:59 UTC

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From: Watson Ladd <watsonbladd@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Aug 2019 08:58:47 -0700
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Subject: Re: [Ntp] Calls for Adoption -- NTP Extension Field drafts -- Four separate drafts
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I concurr completely with the points below.

On Wed, Aug 28, 2019, 6:10 AM Daniel Franke <dfoxfranke@gmail.com> wrote:

> 1.  Network Time Protocol Extended Information Extension Field
> https://datatracker.ietf.org/doc/draft-stenn-ntp-extended-information/
>
> I oppose adoption of this draft; we should not be packing a bunch of
> unrelated information into a single EF like this. I do agree on the
> need for an EF that provides a UTC-TAI offset but
> https://github.com/dfoxfranke/ntp-leap-seconds does this better.
>
> 2.  Network Time Protocol I-Do Extension Field
> https://datatracker.ietf.org/doc/draft-stenn-ntp-i-do/
>
> I oppose adoption of this draft. It would be much better to define new
> NTS-KE record types for exchanging this sort of static information.
>
> 3.  Network Time Protocol MAC/Last Extension Fields
> https://datatracker.ietf.org/doc/draft-stenn-ntp-mac-last-ef/
>
> I oppose adoption of this draft. Last-EF makes no sense except in
> conjunction with Harlan's parsing proposal which is already a dead
> document. The multiple MACs and random padding are silly as I already
> explained more than three years ago.
>
> 4.  Network Time Protocol Suggested REFID Extension Field
> https://datatracker.ietf.org/doc/draft-stenn-ntp-suggest-refid/
>
> I oppose adoption of this draft for the same reason as the I-Do draft,
> but also because I oppose trying to pack yet more conflicting
> semantics into the same 4-octet field.
>
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