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Re: static routes and dead gateway detection

To: ja@xxxxxx (Julian Anastasov)
Subject: Re: static routes and dead gateway detection
From: kuznet@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Date: Tue, 24 Jul 2001 21:43:39 +0400 (MSK DST)
Cc: netdev@xxxxxxxxxxx
In-reply-to: <Pine.LNX.4.33.0107232154270.873-100000@xxxxxxxxxxxx> from "Julian Anastasov" at Jul 23, 1 11:20:53 pm
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> But with such patch the kernel becomes a nice healthchecking daemon :))

Moving gated to kernel is not a nice idea.

>       In this patch the dead gateways are flushed exactly at the same
> time when all other (non-static) dead routes are flushed, i.e. when the
> device is removed (fib_num_down_nh_devs, sorry for the bad func name, it is
> incorrect, may be the comments too). This ugly function tries to
> distinguish whether a prefsrc was deleted or the device was marked down.
> We try to preserve the dead routes only when the device is marked down.
> And not only for multipath routes.

fib_sync_down() makes exactly the same thing. Just remove check
for multipath, uncomment fib_sync_up() and live in peace.

>       The real problem is that the multipath routes can conatin dead
> paths. This is not mine, I see it as a 2.2 (may be 2.4 too)

I see, this is bug and this bug is fatal for 2.4. Sigh... need to fix.

> about nh_ifname or similar solution. Then the new device can replace the
> old one, by name.

"name" is not something distinguishing devices. Index is.

>       You'll correct me if I'm wrong :)

You are right, unfortunately. nh_dev must be cleared on device unregister,
otherwise kernel will lockup at module unload.


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