Seeking Comcast Contact: need to troubleshoot packet loss and/or asymmetric routing issue between Comcast & Onvoy
duane.waddle at gmail.com
Fri Aug 3 03:51:52 UTC 2007
On 8/2/07, Valdis.Kletnieks at vt.edu <Valdis.Kletnieks at vt.edu> wrote:
> AIX 5.2 and earlier supported it for UDP (we're getting out of the AIX
> business, so I can't speak to what 5.3 does). Basically, it would send
> out a
> gratuitous 64K ICMP Echo Request with DF set, and waited to see what came
AIX 5.3 changes the whole PMTU scheme to work more like the RFCs and not
depend on out of band ICMP packets.
>From http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/aix/library/au-aix5l-me.html :
PMTU discovery in AIX 5L Version 5.3
The current Path Maximum Transmission Unit (PMTU) discovery implementation
uses ICMP Echo Request and ICMP Echo Reply packets to discover PMTU. Some
system administrators set up their firewall to drop ICMP Echo packets,
resulting in the above method of PMTU discovery to fail. The PMTU discovery
mechanism in AIX 5L Version 5.3 is implemented with TCP packets and UDP
datagram instead of ICMP Echo packets.
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