WIMS> Abandon the Counter MIB

WIMS> Abandon the Counter MIB

WIMS> Abandon the Counter MIB

Harry Lewis harryl at us.ibm.com
Mon Apr 25 00:21:53 EDT 2005

I do not agree with abandoning the Counter Spec. We have asserted all 
along the schema are not normative or required. 
I understand if you are not up to redoing the Counter MIB at this time to 
remove support for Subunits. I think it is OK to put the MIB in abeyance. 
Harry Lewis 
Chairman - IEEE-ISTO Printer Working Group
IBM Printing Systems 

"McDonald, Ira" <imcdonald at sharplabs.com> 
Sent by: owner-wims at pwg.org
04/24/2005 11:56 AM

"'wims at pwg.org'" <wims at pwg.org>

WIMS> Abandon the Counter MIB


The Counter MIB has failed last call with a fatal flaw:
It supports counters for Subunits (not permitted in the
Counter Spec, as has been pointed out).

Only a very major rewrite of the Counter MIB would remove
the support for Subunit counters (and future extensibility
for Job counters, as requested by Pete Zehler last year).
The Key group would have to be removed.  The indices of
every other table would have to be rewritten.  This would
prevent a rewrite from coming to a new Last Call in July
(insufficient time to rewrite and review in WIMS WG).

Having already done two major rewrites of the Counter MIB
in the past year, I'm not interested in starting another.

Tired of running in circles,
- Ira

PS - I believe the Counter Spec should also be abandoned. 
Adopting an abstract elements spec without a completed 
mapping runs a major risk of finding design flaws during 
some future mapping process.

Ira McDonald (Musician / Software Architect)
Blue Roof Music / High North Inc
PO Box 221  Grand Marais, MI  49839
phone: +1-906-494-2434
email: imcdonald at sharplabs.com

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