[Rats] DEB is a bad TLA

Michael Richardson <mcr+ietf@sandelman.ca> Wed, 03 August 2022 19:55 UTC

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Subject: [Rats] DEB is a bad TLA
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I complained a few months ago about the "DEB" TLA representing Detached EAT
Bundle.  While it was bad enough in the eat draft, we now have a media-types
draft that will enshrine it into on-the-wire things.

Given that the rest of the software community associates "DEB" with debian
packages, and they are a key part of most SBOM systems, I would like to claim
that our use of DEB is not particularly interesting, and will just cause confusion.

https://github.com/ietf-rats-wg/eat/issues/249

In addition, we have application/eat-deb+cbor, and I want to point out that
this expands to:
   EAT + Detached EAT Bundle.

so, at the last the media type should be something like:
   application/eat-bundle+cbor

I don't think that the term Detached Eat Bundle needs a TLA.

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