Just to make one thing clear....
The published processing of expired Internet-Drafts was intended to be a
reasonably small change to existing procedures.
That's not to say that the procedures are going to live forever. But we
don't want to make bigger changes than we have to until we're ready to
overhaul the whole system (and know why).
Anyway, back to the summary..... I've tried to represent what people said,
and group them into a few topics. Conclusions (mine) at the end.
* Use of tombstone files.
Current procedure is to create tombstone files whenever an I-D is no longer
valid (withdrawn, expired, published as RFC).
Arguments raised are that a file of "old names" is better (Fred, Ted, Eric
F) or a separate directory (Carl) or a search system (Alexey).
* Tombstones and expiry.
Current procedure is to make them live forever.
Arguments raised are that 700 IDs per year produce a lot of tombstones
(Fred, Ken), and that we could expire them after 6 months (Zefram, Fred) or
2 years (David Morris).
My argument is that we've lived with the present system since 2001, and
produced only around 2500 tombstones; it's not worth bothering to change
that until we change the system more dramatically.
* Tombstones and version numbers:
Current procedure is to expire name-nn, create tombstone name-nn+1, and if
it is resurrected, to resurrect as name-nn+1.
(Until some time ago, the tombstone was name-nn)
Arguments raised are that 2 files with the same name and different content
is a Bad Thing, and that we should increment the number once again for a
new version (Fred, Zefram, Jim Galvin), or use another extension for
tombstones (David Morris).
One problem seen is searching for name+1 will now give a hit (Carl), and
that maintaining mirrors is harder (Fred).
The problem of mirroring can be cleanly solved with rsync (Thomas), or
comparing file sizes (someone else).
* Status of drafts:
Current procedure is to let the version-numbered files, including
tombstones, serve as status information, as well as 1id-index listing the
Argument is that a name without the version number would be more easy to
find (Iljitch); this is easy to make when you need it (Scott Brim), and
exists at www.watersprings.org (among other places (Tim Chown) and
Conclusions, all mine:
- Documenting current procedures is good.
- We won't expire tombstones. They're not a big enough problem yet.
- We'll think about naming tombstones something else than the exact draft
name (for instance draft-whatever-version-nn-expired.txt???)
- We'll note the issue of referencing names without the version number as
input for thinking about overhauling the whole I-D system. But that won't
happen very quickly - it "mostly works".
Seems to make sense?