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RE: Review of draft-ietf-snmpconf-bcp-07

Title: RE: Review of draft-ietf-snmpconf-bcp-07

> -----Original Message-----
> From: David Partain [mailto:David.Partain@ericsson.com]
> Sent: Tuesday, January 15, 2002 3:07
> To: snmpconf@snmp.com
> Subject: Re: Review of draft-ietf-snmpconf-bcp-07

> I think, given statements like "the community's best current
> thinking" and "what is believed to be the best way to perform
> some operations", that our "BCP" certainly qualifies to be
> called a "BCP".  The document identifies what "is believed to
> be" the best way to do configuration with SNMP and represents
> the SNMP communities "best current thinking" on how to do that.

I think that some clarification from the standards gurus is called for here.

Point 1:

My rough understanding of BCP is that it describes the best way to perform an existing practice.

The term *thinking* implies something that *may not* be in use and hence is not a "Practice".

As I said in my review I find that some of the document does indeed describe in use practices. I think other parts of the document (particularly sections 4 and 5) are somewhat experimental and/or informational in nature.

Point 2:

My rough understanding of BCP is that it describes something that is commonly accepted. I think that many parts of the document describe interesting stuff but the stuff is not commonly accepted and hence not "Best" and possibly not "Current" (but it is a "Practice")

Enough said on this. Standards gurus go to work on this one.

Cheers, /gww