Re: [Roll] WGLC for draft-thubert-6man-flow-label-for-rpl-03

Brian E Carpenter <> Mon, 11 August 2014 20:26 UTC

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Subject: Re: [Roll] WGLC for draft-thubert-6man-flow-label-for-rpl-03
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On 12/08/2014 01:54, Ole Troan wrote:
>> I *really* don't think RFCs are algorithms to the point where we
>> need to do this. I see no reason why flow-label-for-rpl can't simply
>> declare itself an exception to this clause of RFC 6437.
> I must admit I'm uncomfortable with this draft and its approach. how can we be sure that we aren't opening a Pandora's box?
> I'm worried that we set a precedence, and we'll see a new set of creative proposals for the use of these 20 bits.

Well, that has been the case for a long time: see RFC 6294.

I see the concern. Actually that's why I don't want to see a formal
update to 6437, because the only rational update would be to allow
any closed domain to invent its own usage. We had that argument at
length during the development of 6437, and decided against it.
Therefore, treating RPL as a special case is the remaining option.
But does the ROLL community actually have consensus that they want
this special case?