draft-ietf-hubmib-1643-to-historic-00.txt   draft-ietf-hubmib-1643-to-historic-01.txt 
Ethernet Interfaces and Hub MIB Working Group John Flick Ethernet Interfaces and Hub MIB Working Group John Flick
INTERNET DRAFT Hewlett-Packard Company INTERNET DRAFT Hewlett-Packard Company
C. M. Heard C. M. Heard
Consultant Consultant
May 2002 August 2002
Request to Move RFC 1643 to Historic Status Applicability Statement for Reclassification of
RFC 1643 to Historic Status
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Abstract Abstract
RFC 1643, "Definitions of Managed Objects for the Ethernet-like This memo recommends that RFC 1643 be reclassified as an Historic
Interface Types", currently STD 50, is inadequate for managing the document and provides the supporting motivation for that
Ethernet interface types that have been developed since 1994. The recommendation.
most up-to-date version of that specification, RFC xxxx, is currently
a Proposed Standard. In order to encourage implementors to use that
version of the specification instead of RFC 1643, this document
requests that RFC 1643 be moved to Historic status.
1. Details 1. Details
STD 50, RFC 1643 [RFC1643], "Definitions of Managed Objects for the STD 50, RFC 1643 [RFC1643], "Definitions of Managed Objects for the
Ethernet-like Interface Types", covers only 10 Mb/s Ethernet Ethernet-like Interface Types", and its SMIv2 equivalent, RFC 1650
interfaces. Since its publication in 1994, 100 Mb/s, 1000 Mb/s, and [RFC1650], are applicable to half-duplex 10 Mb/s Ethernet interfaces
10 Gb/s Ethernet interface types have been developed, and updates to only. Subsequent to the 1994 publication of these documents, 100
the specification have been developed to encompass these new Mb/s, 1000 Mb/s, and 10 Gb/s Ethernet interface types have been
technologies [RFC2358] [RFC2665] [RFCxxxx]. These updates define new developed, and full-duplex operation at 10 Mb/s has been
MIB objects to supplement those originally defined in RFC 1643 and in standardized. Updates to RFC 1650 have been produced to accomodate
addition deprecate some of the objects defined in RFC 1643 that are these new technologies [RFC2358] [RFC2665] [RFC2666] [RFCxxxx].
no longer useful. These updates define new MIB objects to supplement those defined in
RFC 1643 and RFC 1650 and in addition deprecate some of the objects
in RFC 1643 and RFC 1650 that are no longer considered useful. They
also levy a requirement for implementations of the EtherLike-MIB to
support the MAU-MIB [RFC2239] [RFC2668] [RFCyyyy] as well.
RFC 1643 is an obsolete specification, overtaken by events. Having RFC 1643 is an obsolete specification, overtaken by events. Its
it remain an Internet Standard while the replacement RFCs make their SMIv2 equivalent, RFC 1650, was officially retired in 1998. New
way through the standards track serves no useful purpose and may even implementations -- even those that support only half-duplex 10 Mb/s
have the undesirable effect of encouraging vendors to implement it interfaces -- should comply with in the latest version of the
instead of its more up-to-date replacements. It is therefore specification, currently RFC xxxx [RFCxxxx] and RFC 2666 [RFC2666],
recommended that it be reclassified as Historic. instead of RFC 1643. It is therefore recommended that RFC 1643 be
reclassified as an Historic document.
2. Effect on Other Standards Track Documents 2. Effect on Other Standards Track Documents
Reclassification of RFC 1643 will have no impact on the status of any Reclassification of RFC 1643 will have no impact on the status of any
standards track RFC because no standards track RFC cites it as a standards track RFC because no standards track RFC cites it as a
normative reference. An RFC content search made with the tools normative reference. An RFC content search made with the tools
available at http://www.rfc-editor.org reveals the following available at http://www.rfc-editor.org reveals the following
standards track documents that cite RFC 1643: standards track documents that cite RFC 1643:
RFC 2020 IEEE 802.12 Interface MIB J. Flick RFC 2020 IEEE 802.12 Interface MIB J. Flick
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RFC 2665 Definitions of Managed Objects for the Ethernet-like RFC 2665 Definitions of Managed Objects for the Ethernet-like
Interface Types J. Flick, J. Johnson Interface Types J. Flick, J. Johnson
RFC 2720 Traffic Flow Measurement: Meter MIB N. Brownlee RFC 2720 Traffic Flow Measurement: Meter MIB N. Brownlee
RFC xxxx Definitions of Managed Objects for the Ethernet-like RFC xxxx Definitions of Managed Objects for the Ethernet-like
Interface Types J. Flick Interface Types J. Flick
RFC 2020 [RFC2020] contains DOT12-IF-MIB, which is the MIB module for RFC 2020 [RFC2020] contains DOT12-IF-MIB, which is the MIB module for
managing IEEE 802.12 100VG-AnyLAN interfaces. It refers to RFC 1643 managing IEEE 802.12 100VG-AnyLAN interfaces. It refers to RFC 1643
in the context of an admonition not to implement the EthernetLike-MIB in the context of an admonition not to implement the EtherLike-MIB
for any interface where the DOT12-IF-MIB is implemented. for any interface where the DOT12-IF-MIB is implemented.
RFC 2358 [RFC2358], RFC 2665 [RFC2665], and RFC xxxx [RFCxxxx] all RFC 2358 [RFC2358], RFC 2665 [RFC2665], and RFC xxxx [RFCxxxx] all
contain updated versions of the EthernetLike-MIB. They refer to RFC contain updated versions of the EtherLike-MIB. They refer to RFC
1643 in the context of explaining the history of the EthernetLike- 1643 in the context of explaining the history of the EtherLike-MIB,
MIB, and the citation in [RFCxxxx] is explicitly listed as a non- and the citation in RFC xxxx is explicitly listed as a non-normative
normative reference. reference.
RFC 2720 [RFC2720] contains the FLOW-METER-MIB. It refers to RFC RFC 2720 [RFC2720] contains the FLOW-METER-MIB. It refers to RFC
1643 only in an ASN.1 comment in the MIB module. Omission of that 1643 only in an ASN.1 comment in the MIB module. Omission of that
comment would not preclude correct implementation of the MIB module. comment would not preclude correct implementation of the MIB module.
Clearly, none of these citations is normative. Clearly, none of these citations is normative.
3. Security Considerations 3. Security Considerations
Reclassification of RFC 1643 will not, in and of itself, have any Reclassification of RFC 1643 will not, in and of itself, have any
effect on the security of the Internet. effect on the security of the Internet.
4. References 4. Normative References
[RFC1643] Kastenholz, F., "Definitions of Managed Objects for the [RFC1643] Kastenholz, F., "Definitions of Managed Objects for the
Ethernet-like Interface Types", STD 50, RFC 1643, July 1994. Ethernet-like Interface Types", STD 50, RFC 1643, July 1994.
[RFC1650] Kastenholz, F., "Definitions of Managed Objects for the
Ethernet-like Interface Types using SMIv2", RFC 1650, August
1994.
[RFC2020] Flick, J., "IEEE 802.12 Interface MIB", RFC 2020, October [RFC2020] Flick, J., "IEEE 802.12 Interface MIB", RFC 2020, October
1996. 1996.
[RFC2239] de Graaf, K., Romascanu, D., McMaster, D., McCloghrie, K.,
and S. Roberts, "Definitions of Managed Objects for IEEE
802.3 Medium Attachment Units (MAUs) using SMIv2", RFC 2239,
November 1997.
[RFC2358] Flick, J. and J. Johnson, "Definitions of Managed Objects [RFC2358] Flick, J. and J. Johnson, "Definitions of Managed Objects
for the Ethernet-like Interface Types", RFC 2358, June 1998. for the Ethernet-like Interface Types", RFC 2358, June 1998.
[RFC2665] Flick, J., and J. Johnson, "Definitions of Managed Objects [RFC2665] Flick, J., and J. Johnson, "Definitions of Managed Objects
for the Ethernet-like Interface Types", RFC 2665, August for the Ethernet-like Interface Types", RFC 2665, August
1999. 1999.
[RFC2666] Flick, J., "Definitions of Object Identifiers for
Identifying Ethernet Chip Sets ", RFC 2666, August 1999.
[RFC2668] Smith, A., Flick, J., deGraaf, K., Romascanu, D., McMaster,
D., McCloghrie, K., and S. Roberts, "Definitions of Managed
Objects for IEEE 802.3 Medium Attachment Units (MAUs)", RFC
2668, August 1999.
[RFC2720] Brownlee, N., "Traffic Flow Measurement: Meter MIB", RFC [RFC2720] Brownlee, N., "Traffic Flow Measurement: Meter MIB", RFC
2720, October 1999. 2720, October 1999.
[RFCxxxx] Flick, J., "Definitions of Managed Objects for the Ethernet- [RFCxxxx] Flick, J., "Definitions of Managed Objects for the Ethernet-
like Interface Types", <draft-ietf-hubmib-etherif-mib- like Interface Types", <draft-ietf-hubmib-etherif-mib-
v3-00.txt>, work in progress. v3-02.txt>, work in progress.
[RFCyyyy] Flick, J., "Definitions of Managed Objects for IEEE 802.3
Medium Attachment Units (MAUs)", <draft-ietf-hubmib-mau-mib-
v3-02.txt>, work in progress.
5. Authors' Addresses 5. Authors' Addresses
John Flick John Flick
Hewlett-Packard Company Hewlett-Packard Company
8000 Foothills Blvd. M/S 5557 8000 Foothills Blvd. M/S 5557
Roseville, CA 95747-5557 Roseville, CA 95747-5557
USA USA
Phone: +1 916 785 4018 Phone: +1 916 785 4018
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