Subject: Re: gsip sends byte-swapped vlan tags
To: None <firstname.lastname@example.org, tech-net@NetBSD.org>
From: Manuel Bouyer <email@example.com>
Date: 01/27/2006 21:12:00
On Fri, Jan 27, 2006 at 12:07:42AM +0100, Pavel Cahyna wrote:
> On Thu, Jan 26, 2006 at 11:53:03PM +0100, Manuel Bouyer wrote:
> > On Thu, Jan 26, 2006 at 02:54:19PM -0500, der Mouse wrote:
> > > >> The real problem is on the other end: hosts which try to do PMTU-D,
> > > >> but are behind boxes (usually misconfigured firewalls) which drop
> > > >> the ICMPs necessary for PMTU-D to function.
> > > > Not only, some PPPoE setup just won't send the ICMP unreachable
> > > > message, because the equipement at which the MTU is lowered doesn't
> > > > appear at the IP level.
> > >
> > > You mean things like ATM? But that won't listen to the DF bit, either,
> > > will it? So there's no issue (except the loss rate increase provoked
> > > by fragmentation).
> > >
> > > Or you mean there are setups which silently drop too-large packets
> > > without any notification to anyone? I have trouble calling those
> > The issue here is that the equipement can neither fragment nor return a ICMP
> > error message, because it's not an IP equipement. The packet is just dropped.
> Isn't then the problem in the IP equipment that sends too large packets
> through such non-IP equipment (what nom-IP equipment exactly? An Ethernet
> to ATM bridge?)? Shouldn't the IP equipement at the end of such link
> simply lower the MTU?
Yes it should. But the IP equipement is on the ISP's side and and it doesn't
want to change the MTU.
Manuel Bouyer <firstname.lastname@example.org>
NetBSD: 26 ans d'experience feront toujours la difference