Re: [sig-policy] prop--065: Format for delegation and recording of 4-byt
On 20/08/2008, at 2:08 PM, Philip Smith wrote:
Only because they started using it without consulting the
Because you and Gaurab have both decided to propagate this rather
silly notion in the last day or two, and because the "they" you refer
to appears to include myself in my day job, I should respond to
The original policy proposal regarding the 4 byte AS numbers put to
the RIRs had a section called "Nomenclature" and proposed a colon
separator, which, as far as I recall, I picked up from original notes
by Enke Chen in the context of the IDR working group of the IETF when
they were developing the work.
Noone from any region make a single comment on the nomenclature
section of the proposal at the time, with the exception of the ARIN
community, where the general response after some considered discussion
on the matter was the view that a colon would make parsing BGP
communities tricky, so why not use a period in place of a colon as a
delimiter of the low and high bytes of the AS value. Subsequent review
of the policy proposal in ARIN generated the comment that nomenclature
on the dot notation was out of scope for policy, so why not drop this
section completely. So it was dropped from the policy proposal not
only in ARIN, but, as this was a coordinated policy across all the
RIRs, it was dropped from the proposal for all the other RIRs as well.
So as far as I can see where we are with AS notation largely as a
result of consulting with, and listening to, the community.
I guess that most folk would've figured it out by now, but for the
or two who evidently feel some pressing need to see this stuff
the above is a personal comment, and in no way is intended to
any position of the APNIC Secretariat, now or in the future.