PMP Mail Archive: PMP> RE: [Addressability] one more printer

PMP Mail Archive: PMP> RE: [Addressability] one more printer

PMP> RE: [Addressability] one more printer mib question

From: McDonald, Ira (
Date: Fri Sep 20 2002 - 19:05:43 EDT

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    Hi Juergen,

    While you're correct that we should define another column
    in 'prtInterpreterTable' to disambiguate this units problem,
    that's not very practical.

    The actual objects (very few) newly defined in Printer MIB v2
    have all been stable for four or five years. Several printer
    vendors have been shipping full Printer MIB v2 implementations
    for two or three years. The tools all understand the current
    objects in Printer MIB v2. Adding an object now would be
    unpopular in the extreme.

    Vendors - is adding a new column to 'prtInterpreterTable'
    (the technically correct solution) acceptable?

    Ron and Harry - I'm personally ambivalent about this issue.
    Juergen has uncovered a non-trivial bug in the Printer MIB
    (v1 and v2).

    - Ira McDonald, co-editor of Printer MIB v2
      High North Inc

    -----Original Message-----
    From: Juergen Schoenwaelder []
    Sent: Friday, September 20, 2002 5:05 PM
    Subject: Re: [Addressability] one more printer mib question

    >>>>> McDonald, Ira writes:

    Ira> Oops! Good question. I would say use the Marker row specified
    Ira> by 'prtMarkerDefaultIndex' in the 'prtGeneralTable'.

    Are you sure this is always and necessarily the right marker?

    Ira> But we sure ought to specify this in the descriptions of the two
    Ira> 'prtInterpreterTable' columnar objects. Right?

    What ever the answer is, it should be documented. As far as I am
    concerned, I would like to see another column


    added to the prtInterpreterTable and the need for looking up the unit
    in some other places just goes away.

    Ira> Further, it's not meaningful (and SHOULD NOT be done) to have
    Ira> different addressability units for different markers or
    Ira> interpreters in the same instance of the Printer MIB, in my
    Ira> humble opinion.

    Right now, the MIB seems to allow for it and hence I try to allow for
    this in my management application...


    Juergen Schoenwaelder    <>

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