Re: [v6ops] new draft: draft-colitti-v6ops-host-addr-availability

Andrew Yourtchenko <> Mon, 06 July 2015 21:39 UTC

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I read the draft and absolutely agree with the spirit. 

Unfortunately, I think it won't work:

As soon as the devices work "good enough" with a single address, appealing to increase the amount of work by administrators in the name of humanity is going to fall on deaf ears.

The only way I see to solve this is to always use SLAAC on the devices: either 'externally' from the prefix received within the RA, or 'internally' from within the prefix received via DHCP-PD, and provide a mandatory registration mechanism for name-to-IP mapping. 

If neither of the above works, as a backup effort the device can try getting N addresses via DHCP IA_NA and release those that it does not need immediately - and displaying a big yellow warning "This network may restrict IPv6 functionality and eat your kittens, contact your system administrator". Because ND is not going to happen on these 'extra' addresses, forwarding wise there will be no impact, just some more DHCP traffic after attachment (the "limited functionality" of course would need just one address and can start immediately).

Those who want tracking can track the upper 64bits or use IA_NA and filter out the addresses that are shortly lived.

Of course to avoid being a religious crusade such an effort need to produce something pragmatic - namely,
 a userland cross-platform API that would allow getting new addresses on demand by application and if needs to - implementing custom transport protocols on top of those on a per-app-per-address basis.

The above conjecture however is even less realistic than politely asking the inconveniences away, so the logical conclusion from that is I fully support this draft.


> On 06 Jul 2015, at 13:47, wrote:
> A new draft has been posted, at Please take a look at it and comment.
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