Should routers send redirects by default?

Mikael Abrahamsson swmike at
Fri Aug 20 17:40:46 UTC 2010

On Fri, 20 Aug 2010, Jack Bates wrote:

> Why should the ietf dictate a default on this?

Because that's what the IETF does, sets a SHOULD on "best common 
practice" after discussion in the community.

> Requiring implementation I could understand, but setting the default? 
> Should the ietf also specify requirement of allowing configuration 
> change of a default?

I'd say by definition it's meaningless of talking about a default that 
can't be changed.

As I stated in the 6man discussion, I prefer routers to by default not 
send redirects. We do that in our configuration template.

Mikael Abrahamsson    email: swmike at

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