Should routers send redirects by default?

Christopher Morrow christopher.morrow at
Fri Aug 20 21:14:14 UTC 2010

On Fri, Aug 20, 2010 at 1:40 PM, Mikael Abrahamsson <swmike at> wrote:
> 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.

as always, thanks! :) I am hoping we all don't have to continue to
hack templates, if the option is sane to begin with and is documented
in the code/config/docs by the vendor(s).


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