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Date:      Wed, 6 Nov 1996 22:50:44 -0800 (PST)
From:      Doug White <dwhite@gdi.uoregon.edu>
To:        James Hu <jxh@cs.wustl.edu>
Cc:        questions@FreeBSD.ORG
Subject:   Re: RTM_LOSING
Message-ID:  <Pine.BSI.3.94.961106224930.12066Y-100000@gdi.uoregon.edu>
In-Reply-To: <199611052133.PAA00238@plethora.cs.wustl.edu>

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On Tue, 5 Nov 1996, James Hu wrote:

> I recently had routed report this to me, and the route.h file tells me
> this means the kernel suspects partitioning.  Is this network
> partitioning, or something else?  The precise message was:
> Nov  4 19:24:55 plethora routed[59]: punt RTM_LOSING without gateway
> Nov  4 19:24:56 plethora routed[59]: punt RTM_LOSING without gateway

No clue.

> A second question:  I thought to myself, why do I even need to run
> routed?  I have a default route set to the gateway, that should be it,
> right?  So, I set router=NO in sysconfig rebooted and so far
> everything appears to be fine.  So, is there a good reason I should be
> running routed (in passive mode) anyway?

Only if you need it for dynamic routing.  If you throw everything at a
default gateway, then you don't need it.

> A third question: The UNIX System Administration Handbook suggests to
> use gated instead, saying that routed is too unreliable.  But, FreeBSD
> does not include gated by default..  What's up with that?

Possibly legal issues.  There is a gated port in the ports tree.

Doug White                              | University of Oregon  
Internet:  dwhite@resnet.uoregon.edu    | Residence Networking Assistant
http://gladstone.uoregon.edu/~dwhite    | Computer Science Major




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