Fun times with RFCs -- was Re: Wireless Masochism

C. Ed Felt edfelt at gmail.com
Sat Jul 9 14:37:09 MDT 2005


Agreed,

There is no way I would have been able to build all the billing systems 
and troubleshoot hardware/proxies for my VoIP company without the SIP RFC.

-Ed

Michael Halcrow wrote:

>On Tue, Jul 05, 2005 at 03:56:32PM -0600, Michael L Torrie wrote:
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>>On Tue, 2005-07-05 at 15:48 -0600, Gabriel Gunderson wrote:
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>>>On Tue, 2005-07-05 at 15:40 -0600, Mitch Anderson wrote:
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>>>>RFC 2136 explains it fully
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>>>>
>>>This is bad.  We have gone from "RTFM (Read The Fine Manual)" to
>>>"RTRFC (Read The RFC)".
>>>      
>>>
>>Having spent many hours reading the RFCs defining the LDAPv3 wire
>>protocol, and then implementing C code to speak the said protocol, I
>>can say that RFCs are actually not that hard to read and do contain
>>a wealth of information.
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>
>I second that. A good RFC is accurate, concise, and clear -- and the
>majority of RFC's are good. I followed RFC 2440 closely when
>implementing eCryptfs:
>
>http://sourceforge.net/projects/ecryptfs
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>Of course, I had to deviate from the RFC in order to accommodate
>random access patterns in a POSIX filesystem, but the underlying file
>formats are not that far from what can be understood by existing tools
>like GnuPG. This will make it significantly easier to write userspace
>tools to enable userspace-only access to the encrypted files.
>
>Whenever you want to understand a protocol, format, or process, you
>just can't beat an RFC. And I tend to recommend sticking to RFC's as
>closely as possible whenever you develop new technology; the issues
>represented in RFC's have been thoroughly investigated by a lot of
>people are are probably smarter and more experienced than you are.
>
>Mike
>.___________________________________________________________________.
>                         Michael A. Halcrow                          
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>Why isn't there some cheap and easy way to prove how much she means  
>to me? 
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