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Re: Where to find IETF recommendations?

2011-03-01 05:50:07

What  I carry with me - used to be on a diskette, now on a stick - is the index
to RFC, available from the same source as RFC themselves.  Plain text, compact,
easy to search.  The caveat is you never know whether the people choosing the
title of an RFC will have abbreviated a common term or not, so a search for SNMP
will not find all SNMP related documents.  For some, you must search for 'Simple
Network'.  Ditto for any IETF protocol or technology such as IP Next Generation.

It contains title, date, authors and updates/obsoletes/obsoleted which I find an
excellent summary.  The older, obsolete ones are often the better written and so
a better starting point for the first venture into a technology.

Tom Petch

----- Original Message -----
From: "Richard L. Barnes" <rbarnes(_at_)bbn(_dot_)com>
To: "Shane Kerr" <shane(_at_)isc(_dot_)org>
Cc: "Bob Hinden" <bob(_dot_)hinden(_at_)gmail(_dot_)com>; 
Sent: Monday, February 28, 2011 7:30 PM
Subject: Re: Where to find IETF recommendations?

As far as I know, what you're looking for doesn't exist, although it would
probably be good if it did!

One thing that does crop up here and there are "hitchhiker's guide" RFCs, such
as this one:

Beyond that, the best way I know of to look for IETF recommendations on a
subject is using the search feature on the tools pages:

On Feb 28, 2011, at 5:35 AM, Shane Kerr wrote:


Are recommendations actually published as BCP?

I only see one BCP with "IPv6" in the title, published back in 2004.
Compared to this, the ipv6ops working group alone has produced dozens of
informational RFCs:

At least one of these are even explicitly recommendations:

Some are targeted at protocol developers, some at vendors, some at
operators. It's quite a mixed bag. :)

I'm not complaining, I just want to know if I am missing an obvious


On Mon, 2011-02-28 at 12:10 +0200, Bob Hinden wrote:

Like this one, aren't recommendations usually published as BCPs?


On Feb 28, 2011, at 11:44 AM, Shane Kerr wrote:


I just happened to notice this document on ietf-announce today:

It seems quite reasonable.

My question is... how is this advice expected to trickle out into actual
use? There are more than 6000 RFCs, and they don't seem to be organized
in a useful way that I can find.

I ask because I was going to forward this to an IPv6 operations list,
and thought "hm... what about the rest?" and I realized I did not know,
and did not even know how to find out.

Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks!


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