[lsb-futures] SNMP

Theodore Tso tytso at mit.edu
Wed Jan 30 09:13:27 PST 2002

On Wed, Jan 30, 2002 at 05:32:46AM -0800, Wichmann, Mats D wrote:
> Quick question...
> Has the question of SNMP support been discussed?
> I've been asked to look into a "coordinated
> SNMP heirarchy" and see if LSB is an appropriate
> vehicle to accomplish that.

SNMP support as in what?  Making sure Distributions ship with SNMP
packages?  (Most of them do that already.)  Asking distributions to
enable SNMP by default?  (System administrators may object on the
grounds that they don't want to leak that much information about their
system configuration to anyone with an SMP client.)  

Creation of a Linux-specific SNMP MIB for some unspecified purpose?  I
would guess that what you're talking about when you mention
"coordinated SNMP hierarhcy", but I'm a bit unclear about what the
goals are with this.  Is this to allow people who are too cheap to pay
ANSI $1000 for an OID assignment to be able to export part of a MIB

I could imagine that this might be a good service for the LANANA to
offer, since handing out number assignments is what the LANANA is
designed to do, and OID arcs are basically number assignments.  But
the folks who have been working to get the LANANA up and fully
functioning as a formal entity have been a bit busy, and we might to
make sure it's fully and formally operational doing those things which
the LSB requires before we try to tack new responsibilities on it.

My two cents,

						- Ted

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