[Syslog] Request for clarification of RTF 5424 Section 6.2.5 (APP-NAME)

"Remeika, James C." <jremeika@draper.com> Mon, 10 June 2013 21:48 UTC

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From: "Remeika, James C." <jremeika@draper.com>
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The APP-NAME field definition in RCF 5424 header says that "[i]t is a string without further semantics", and the ABNF definition of the field is 1*48PRINTUSASCII, which to my reading indicates that the space character is allowed. The same is true for the field PROCID, which follows APP-NAME: space characters seem to be allowed. How can this be allowed, if the values within the header are delimited by spaces. It seems like the two value sets for APP-NAME and PROCID would be indistinguishable:

++MESSAGE A++
APP-NAME: "cat dog"
PROCID: "rabbit"


++MESSAGE B++
APP-NAME: "cat"
PROCID: "dog rabbit"

Thanks for your consideration,
James Remeika