[ih] Internet Draft: when and why exactly 6 months?
Ivan.Arias-Rodriguez at nokia.com
Tue Aug 21 02:16:07 PDT 2001
Just in case you would like to access almost any old internet draft
written within the last 10 years or so, go to http://www.watersprings.org,
it is really an amazing webpage... They have more than 18200 documents all
together (about 15000 drafts and 3000 RFCs)...
Unfortunately, I didn't find the early drafts of 1310... :-( But you
can find there even the previous releases of RFC 1264 (October 1991) and the
drafts that finished being lots of the RFCs in the 13XX-14XX range... Of
course, the newer the RFC is, the more possibilities of finding there the
drafts you have... Well, I have just checked that previous draft of RFC 1264
and it contains only the mail sent to tell about the existence of a new
Maybe the one in charge of the webpage could put a link to this
page... if you don't have it yet... Of course, the URL wouldn't last
BR Iván Arias Rodríguez
> -----Original Message-----
> From: ext Rahmat M. Samik-Ibrahim [mailto:rms46 at vlsm.org]
> Sent: 21. August 2001 6:45
> To: internet-history at postel.org
> Subject: [ih] Internet Draft: when and why exactly 6 months?
> I wrote before:
> > But, I still have no idea on since when and why exactly
> > there exists "a 6 months expire limit" for Internet Drafts.
> Well, I still have no idea on "when" and "why" EXACTLY
> there exist a six month expire limit. The earliest
> artifact that I could find is RFC-1310 section 2.4
> (March 1992):
> "An Internet Draft that is published as an RFC is removed
> from the Internet Draft directory. A document that has
> remained unchanged in the Internet Drafts directory for
> more than six months without being recommended by the
> IESG for publication as an RFC is simply removed from
> the Internet Draft directory. At any time, an Internet
> Draft may be replace by a more recent version of the same
> specification, restarting the six-month timeout period."
> However, it does not say anything about when and why
> 6 months. Why not 5 or 9 months (ca. 1 or 2 IETF meeting
> * I consider anything before mid 1990s (when .com < .others)
> as internet pre-history.
> * There are some (many?) "recycled expired I-Ds" that become
> RFC after reincarnation. Example: BCP-1.
> Rahmat M. Samik-Ibrahim - VLSM-TJT - http://rms46.vlsm.org
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