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Re: failed installation debian-mipsel (Decstation 5000/150)

To: "Maciej W. Rozycki" <>
Subject: Re: failed installation debian-mipsel (Decstation 5000/150)
From: Florian Lohoff <>
Date: Tue, 27 Nov 2001 16:38:54 +0100
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Organization: rfc822 - pure communication
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On Tue, Nov 27, 2001 at 03:33:42PM +0100, Maciej W. Rozycki wrote:
> On Tue, 27 Nov 2001, Florian Lohoff wrote:
> > The decstation fails to answer ARP requests while downloading. From
> > kernel 2.2 on the arp entries expire faster which lets the tftp download
> > fail somewhere in the middle.
>  I see.  I haven't used TFTP on the DECstation ever.  I think the default
> timeout is too low anyway.  RFC826 does not specify any timeouts but
> keeping them below 2 minutes is pointless IMO.  If an interface assigned
> to an IP address changes its MAC address, it will start to use the new one
> for ARP requests immetiately and all caches in the LAN will have a chance
> to get updated.

IIRC the kernel refreshes the timeout on communication - But only on
TCP not UDP ...

> > It didnt - I at least let the machine wait for 15-20 Minutes while
> > digging the code...
>  Weird -- the read should time out after 10000 loops...  It definitely
> needs to be checked. 

Did this change lately - The kernel of the boot-floppies is a little

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