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Re: [bug-inetutils] ping exits after four packets

From: Alfred M. Szmidt
Subject: Re: [bug-inetutils] ping exits after four packets
Date: Thu, 07 May 2009 09:10:56 -0400

   Am I correctly interpreting the thread at:
   http://www.mail-archive.com/address@hidden/msg01177.html to
   mean that we're going to go back to the default ping-forever

Yes, that is correct.

   Today I pulled in an updated Debian package with the new behavior,
   and I really hate it, and I'd *really* hate to have to through
   many, many machines and "BSD_ME_HARDER"...

   This is a major API change for my brain, and I suspect similar
   about anyone else that's been in networking for a long time!

I agree that it is a bit of a change for the brain, but I am not keen
of changing the default yet again, let alone break what tradition
dictates.  Unless there are good reasons (e.g. that tradition is
actually different), the current behaviour will stay.

I think that having a BSD_ME_HARDER variable a good compromise, people
can use what they prefer that way.  We could even make BSD_ME_HARDER
equal nil at some point, and having defaults that we find nicer for
GNU systems.

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