I certainly see your need. There was agitation just in the last
few weeks in Xerox for a Xerox-private extension to the Printer MIB
for 'simple' FINISHER sub-unit description and status.
But it is considerably too late to add to the Printer MIB v2
(and w/ IETF delays and requirements for two fully interoperable
implementations we can expect that the Printer MIB v3 can't
realistically be an RFC before 1999 at the earliest), so I
would suggest a SEPARATE MIB for the FINISHER (as Harry and
others already commented).
Because IETF Working Group charters are normally for six-months
duration, a pretty solid cut at a Finisher MIB should be done
BEFORE asking the IETF for a charter (to allow for the usual
comments and discussion). While the LMO MIF does exist (and I
haven't read it), I have been told by low-end product teams
in Xerox that it is NOT very close to what a low-end product
would want to describe their finishing capabilities (it does
after all stand for 'Large Mail-Room Operations').
If you are interested in pursuing a Finisher MIB standard,
please send mail to me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and
Tom Hastings (email@example.com). Perhaps other
PWG members (or listeners) are interested in working on a
'simple' Finisher MIB?
- Ira McDonald (outside consultant at Xerox)
High North Inc
PO Box 221
Grand Marais, MI 49839
906-494-2434 (voice only)