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Re: [EFM] Question about revision field in local information TLV


The revision field was added as a mechanism to reduce unnecessary processing of duplicate Information OAMPDUs. The revision field starts at 0 and is "incremented each time something in the Information TLV changes." Using this definition, a value of 1 is newer than 0, 2 is newer than 1 ... 255 is newer than 254 and 0 is newer than 255. The 8-bit field wraps at 255.

The behavior of the revision field is comparable to the 16-bit sequence number found in Event Notification OAMPDUs (see

Hope this helps.

Kevin Daines
Editor, EFM OAM


From: owner-stds-802-3-efm@LISTSERV.IEEE.ORG on behalf of Stephen Suryaputra
Sent: Tue 4/13/2004 12:05 PM
Subject: [EFM] Question about revision field in local information TLV

I have a question on the revision field in local information TLV. The clause mentions that
the revision field must start at 0 and gets incremented whenever the content of the local info TLV changes. The receiver may check for the revision field to figure out if the current local info TLV changes. Have anybody thought of the possibility of that field wrap up and how do OAM client handle that?

This probably need to be clarified and worked on for the next draft.

Appreciate any feedback.