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Deprecation of BGP Path Attributes: DPA, ADVERTISER, and RCID_PATH / CLUSTER_ID
RFC 6938

Document Type RFC - Proposed Standard (May 2013)
Author John Scudder
Last updated 2015-10-14
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RFC 6938
Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)                        J. Scudder
Request for Comments: 6938                              Juniper Networks
Category: Standards Track                                       May 2013
ISSN: 2070-1721

          Deprecation of BGP Path Attributes: DPA, ADVERTISER,
                       and RCID_PATH / CLUSTER_ID


   This document requests IANA to deprecate the following BGP path
   attributes: DPA, ADVERTISER, and RCID_PATH / CLUSTER_ID, associated
   with an abandoned Internet-Draft and a Historic RFC.

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1.  Introduction

   As of this writing, the BGP Path Attributes registry maintained by
   IANA contains entries for DPA, ADVERTISER, and RCID_PATH /
   CLUSTER_ID.  The first of these is associated with [BGPDPA], an
   Internet-Draft that was abandoned in 1996.  The latter are associated
   with [RFC1863], an RFC that was reclassified as Historic by [RFC4223]
   in 2005.  Neither specification is currently in use, nor have they
   ever been.

   Note that the deprecated CLUSTER_ID is distinct from CLUSTER_LIST
   [RFC4456].  CLUSTER_LIST is not being deprecated.

2.  IANA Considerations

   Per this document, IANA has marked the BGP Path Attributes registry
   entries for DPA (Value 11), ADVERTISER (Value 12), and RCID_PATH /
   CLUSTER_ID (Value 13) as "deprecated".

3.  Security Considerations

   There are no meaningful security consequences arising from this
   registry update.

4.  Informative References

   [BGPDPA]   Chen, E. and T. Bates, "Destination Preference Attribute
              for BGP", Work in Progress, March 1996.

   [RFC1863]  Haskin, D., "A BGP/IDRP Route Server alternative to a full
              mesh routing", RFC 1863, October 1995.

   [RFC4223]  Savola, P., "Reclassification of RFC 1863 to Historic",
              RFC 4223, October 2005.

   [RFC4456]  Bates, T., Chen, E., and R. Chandra, "BGP Route
              Reflection: An Alternative to Full Mesh Internal BGP
              (IBGP)", RFC 4456, April 2006.

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Author's Address

   John Scudder
   Juniper Networks
   1194 N. Mathilda Ave.
   Sunnyvale, CA  94089


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