passing values to client: how big?

David W. Hankins David_Hankins at
Tue Jan 13 19:07:41 UTC 2009

On Tue, Jan 13, 2009 at 01:25:13PM -0500, Jeffrey Hutzelman wrote:
> There are options that can be used for carrying a filename and/or 
> nextserver when the overload option is used.  It would seem appropriate for 
> the server to use these automatically when appropriate.

Not exactly.  You could do something like looking at the PRL to see
if the client requested the options, but a server would never know
for sure if the client does the same thing with the option contents
as it does with the header fields.  The administrator's intent could
get lost in the shuffle, and you definitely lose some control.

It would be appropriate for an admin to prefer the options over the
header fields in forming configuration.  Limit the configuration of
header fields only to those clients that are known to require it.

David W. Hankins	"If you don't do it right the first time,
Software Engineer		     you'll just have to do it again."
Internet Systems Consortium, Inc.		-- Jack T. Hankins
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