[BXXPwg] A couple of questions

Gabe Wachob gwachob@wachob.com
Tue, 16 Jan 2001 17:12:55 -0500

On Tue, Jan 16, 2001 at 01:56:13PM -0800, Manros, Carl-Uno B wrote:
> Hi,
> I followed some the initial work on BEEP, but later got busy with too many
> other things.
> I am now trying to catch up and have just eyed through the latest drafts
> dated January 4 and as result I have a few comments and questions:
> 1) The documents start looking pretty good and I assume that you are soon
> getting ready to submit them to the IESG. Is this a correct understanding of
> where you are?
> 2) In was told earlier on that actual code was being written in parallel to
> the specs. Is any of that code available as open source or are there any
> plans to make that happen?

The PyBXXP (Python implementation) is open source and is available at bxxp.org.
If you are a python person, I would appreciate any help you can give.

> 3) I can't find anything mentioned about a default port or URL scheme to go
> with BEEP. Is that by design and would port numbers and URL schemes be
> defined by the applications that sit on top of BEEP?

It would seem to me that a bxxp well-known port number should be defined, unless 
there is a requirement be  passed "up" to all applications on top of beep that 
a port must be part of the URL for the bxxp peer. I don't think requiring
a port number is a good thing.  

Since (as I understand it), specific channel numbers are *not* assigned to 
specific applications (unlike port numbers), that the only thing an application
would need to specify is an endpoint for a bxxp peer (endpoint being ip address
and port).  But this is part of the TCP Mapping, I'm guessing, which I haven't 
looked at in detail very recently.

To restate:
In the modal case, an app that works on top of BXXP only requires a IP address 
(in the TCP Mapping) to specify a peer. Authentication and TLS may have further 
naming requirements for specifying the peer endpoint.

Is this right?


> Thankful for any clarifications on these questions,
> Carl-Uno
> Carl-Uno Manros
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