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Subject: [bt-spec] BTP Issue 80 : CONTEXT_REPLY unnecessary for CONTEXT/cohesion

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BTP Issue 80 : CONTEXT_REPLY unnecessary for CONTEXT/cohesion

Submitter: Choreology
Category: minor technical
There appears to be no requirement derived from "checking" for a CONTEXT_REPLY to be received if the CONTEXT was for a cohesion.

CONTEXT_REPLY for an Atom is to ensure that all attempted enrols for the atom worked, and avoid risk of an "orphan" inferior that the coordinator doesn't know about when it confirms. If there were such, the atom could apparently confirm when work has been done in the atom that isn't known about - the rest of the atom confirms and this orphan will (probably) eventually cancel. To prevent this, checking rules apply - until the CONTEXT_REPLY comes back, confirmation is not allowed.

But with a propagated *Cohesion* CONTEXT, there is no reason why Inferiors can't be missed out. The Terminator will determine the confirm-set on the basis of which Inferiors are enrolled - if it has an acceptable set, but there is a late-arriving ENROL, that would-be inferior just gets missed out.

There is a possibility that something that tried to ENROL in a Cohesion but failed to contact the Superior might want to send CONTEXT_REPLY/repudiated back towards the application initiator to say that there was a problem.

CONTEXT_REPLY for a cohesion may also be needed in the one-shot case (see separate issue on one-shot)

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