Subject: Re: sysinst requires ping return from gateway
To: None <>
From: James Chacon <>
List: tech-install
Date: 09/29/2001 02:19:02
This is getting way too complicated.

Ping it, if it doesn't return note it and offer a "continue or go back"

Same way with the whole pinging of DNS servers (which may have come out
already but was just as braindead at times).


>On 710176592 seconds since the Beginning of the UNIX epoch
>"Cannella, Michael (ISS Southfield)" wrote:
>>But, my local gateway is outside my control and drops traffic aimed directly
>>at it (e.g., icmp).
>>Since sysinst requires that my local gateway be pingable--and quits the
>>install if it isn't--I can't install, _even though I have both internet
>>connectivity and DNS resolution._
>>So I guess this is a suggestion that in a coming version, the sysinst make
>>some concession to folks in this situation.
>>Some ideas:
>> - If the gateway doesn't return pings, notify the user and explain "it is
>>increasingly common that firewalled gateways do not respond to echo
>>requests, or other traffic addressed directly to the gateway. If you know or
>>suspect that your gateway behaves this way (or are otherwise sure you have
>>internet connectivity and DNS resolution), choose 'Continue'. Otherwise you
>>can choose to reconfigure your network settings or abort the installation
>Or we could ping the gateway, and then check the arp tables to see if we
>got it.  That is enough of a proof that it exists...  ;-)
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