PMP Mail Archive: PMP> RE: Print MIB 09

PMP Mail Archive: PMP> RE: Print MIB 09

PMP> RE: Print MIB 09

From: McDonald, Ira (
Date: Wed Nov 14 2001 - 11:43:32 EST

  • Next message: Bergman, Ron: "PMP> RE: Print MIB 09"

    Hi Juergen,

    This is a tough question. For six years now every Xerox product has
    shipped with 'prtAlertIndex' at 'read-only' to preserve the content
    of the notification. I have seen this done at several other printer
    vendors. To date, there is no identified shipping implementation
    that leaves 'prtAlertIndex' at 'not-accessible' (that was only one
    of several compile errors in the RFC 1759 text - I've never seen a
    compiler that would accept RFC 1759 unmodified, but I suppose it's

    Our WG concensus to change the published version to 'read-only' is
    in order to align with all known shipping implementations (who all
    did it by hand-edit themselves).

    - Ira McDonald, consulting architect at Xerox
      High North

    -----Original Message-----
    From: Juergen Schoenwaelder []
    Sent: Wednesday, November 14, 2001 2:23 AM
    Subject: Re: Print MIB 09

    >>>>> Bergman, Ron writes:

    Ron> The WG has already discussed the addition of text to explain why
    Ron> prtAlertIndex is broken. In fact is is presently being drafted.
    Ron> We are still not sure if this object must be "not-accessible" or
    Ron> can we change to "read-only". Since with many compilers the MIB
    Ron> must be modified to "read-only", the WG prefers to change the
    Ron> MAX-ACCESS clause. The addition of a new group and conformance
    Ron> statements, in this case, is agreed.

    There are existing fielded implementations that implement
    prtAlertIndex not-accessible. So what is the point in making it
    read-only just to kind of fix the notification? If it is true that
    people had problems to implement the notification because
    prtAlertIndex is not-accessible, then this would be a data point to
    actually fix the notification by providing a new one that does it

    Changing prtAlertIndex from not-accessible to read-only to fix the
    notification kind is IMHO heading in the wrong direction.


    Juergen Schoenwaelder      Technical University Braunschweig
    <>  Dept. Operating Systems & Computer Networks
    Phone: +49 531 391 3289    Muehlenpfordtstr. 23, 38106 Braunschweig, Germany
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