Looking for some Quagga experience to discuss 32 bit ASN + community issue with

Job Snijders job at instituut.net
Fri Dec 2 10:27:03 UTC 2016

On Fri, Dec 02, 2016 at 09:00:57AM +0000, Nick Hilliard wrote:
> Eric Germann wrote:
> > Basically trying to advertise 4 byte ASN’s + communities, and then
> > pick them off elsewhere in a private network.  Can’t get the config
> > right for the route map to import them on the “receiving” side.
> yes, sounds about right.  There is a massive feature deficit regarding
> BGP communities suitable for asn32s, in that the feature just doesn't
> really exist yet.  This is being remedied at the moment at the ietf,
> which has just moved the draft-ietf-idr-large-community internet draft
> to "Publication Requested" state.
> The feature hasn't made it into mainline quagga yet, but there is a
> patch.

The quagga patch is being developed against quagga 1.1.0, the latest
version of the patch (0008-) is available here and would benefit from
more testing: https://bugzilla.quagga.net/show_bug.cgi?id=875#c13

The patch should provide a feature-complete implementation of Large
Communities, but the daemon crashes sometimes. We don't know why yet.
However I am proud to report that it compiles! :-)

> Also, please prod your commercial vendors for support for this.


Even if a vendor is listed as 'Planned' or 'Requested' on the
http://largebgpcommunities.net/implementations/ page, it really helps if
you email your account manager stating "Large Communities is what i want".

Most vendors have a big backlog of feature requests and no shortage of
ideas. This operational community must make it unambiguously clear to
the vendors that Large Communities is the thing that needs to be
shipping in 2017. This peer pressure will help them to prioritize the
development, testing, Q&A, documentation development, internal &
external marketing etc to get it done.

So, pause your IPv6 deployments for one day, and start calling your
Huawei, Cisco (ask separately for IOS and XR), Juniper, Nokia, Arista,
Brocade, ZTE, or Microsoft representatives and ask for it by name! :-)

Kind regards,


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