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Re: Application "core protocol" BOF/WG idea

From: Brent <brent@eng.Sun.COM>
Date: Thu, 04 Feb 1999 12:39:14 -0800
Message-ID: <36BA0572.EB1F6CAF@eng.sun.com>
To: discuss@apps.ietf.org
Chris Newman wrote:
> XDR isn't a bad binary data encoding for the wire (certainly better than
> ASN.1 BER), but it solves problems (like floating point numbers) which
> almost never appear in real protocols.  The RPC spec had to go into a lot
> of detail about the model since RPCs are more constraining than
> traditional IETF protocols.  So there's a lot of stuff there that a "core
> protocol" wouldn't need.

I think ONC RPC is pretty "thin" as RPC protocols go.  Is it really
loaded with unnecessary baggage that disqualifies it as a candidate
for core protocol ?

It's been around for about 15 years, it's on IETF standards track,
and hundreds of protocols have used it as a "core" protocol.

What are the constraints that prevent ONCRPC from being the
"core" protocol ?  Can those constraints be removed by extending
it to version 3 ?  This discussion seems highly relevant to the
ONCRPC mailing list: oncrpc-wg-request@sunroof.eng.sun.com.

Received on Thursday, 4 February 1999 15:41:43 UTC

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