Acct-Authentic in Accounting-On and Accounting-Off forms of Accounting-Request. Valid?

Alan DeKok aland at
Fri May 22 02:24:06 CEST 2015

On May 21, 2015, at 4:17 PM, Nick Lowe <nick.lowe at> wrote:
> That -isn't- explicitly stated, it is saying that they should be sent
> to mark the start or end of accounting - that's not tied to only a
> startup, a reboot or a shutdown. The spec uses those as examples of
> when it is appropriate. It doesn't say they are the only times that
> they can be sent.

  If you're going to interpret text as saying the *opposite* of what it says, you can justify anything.

> The spec does not prohibit WLAN vendors scoping the start or end of
> accounting with a Calling-Station-Id so some seem to have taken that
> liberty, and send these on a per-BSS basis and not on a per-NAS basis.

  The specs don't prohibit all kinds of idiotic behaviour.  Because, as I said, the authors didn't think that simple text could be misunderstood.

  Alan DeKok.

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