Re: Port Collisions

Benson I. Margulies (Margulies@SCRC-YUKON.ARPA)
Wed, 14 May 86 07:49 EDT

    Date: Wed, 14 May 86 02:37:25 PDT

    One word of caution.... Xerox managed to get off on the wrong foot in
    the Ethernet packet type assignment business.

    If you administer a group of ports, I suggest that the ground rules
    include publishing a who-to-contact as well as a simple (one line?)
    description of its function. Otherwise people will flame at you when you
    won't answer questions.

Fine with me.

    The proprietary aspect might complicate that attitude. I don't think
    that objection really holds water. It's too easy to look at the bits on
    an ethernet.

I expect that proprietary protocols will be fairly rare. Mostly, I
expect that people just won't have the time or inclination to document.
I really cannot see why someone would insist on a listing of `Foobar
Company proprietary protocol 1'.

    I like your second suggestion, but somebody is bound to ignore it
    because it takes an extra packet to get started.

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