The Epic of MRUlist.

Eric S. Raymond esr at
Tue Apr 28 12:22:50 UTC 2020

Ian Bruene via devel <devel at>: 
> * What happens when a packet in the middle of the sequence is dropped? Who
> knows! If it is seen as a timeout then the client will adjust packet size
> and try again... forever. Or maybe it silently doesn't notice?
> * What happens when the final packet is dropped? Same as before, except that
> never seeing the "now" field means that silent failure will result in an
> infinite loop. I think.
> * If the server data changes enough while the request sequence is running
> the system can just fail for no good reason because the error handling for
> that doesn't exist. Arguably that is when things are going well; I can
> imagine some subtle and wacky hijinks when dumb luck causes it to not fail
> properly.

One of these probably exoplains the mystery bug Hal has reoported on
WiFi links.
		<a href="">Eric S. Raymond</a>

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