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SubjectRe: [OT] testing internet performance, esp latency/drops?
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Larry McVoy <lm@bitmover.com> writes:

>However, web browsing sucks. On about 80% of all links, there is a noticable
>hesitation, between 1-15 seconds, as it looks up the name and as it fetches
>the first page. After that point, that site will appear to be OK.

This means, that 80% of all web site operators are too dumb to
configure a web server. Is it possible that your brand spanking new T1
addresses have no reverse name resolution? Are you using a proxy?

Look:

lm@bitmover IP 1.2.3.4
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"i want to surf to http://www.surf.xxx/"
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v
Website "www.surf.xxx"

"connect from 1.2.3.4" -> "Lookup for 4.3.2.1.IN-ADDR.ARPA"
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1-15 Second timeout, "addr not found"
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v
send HTTP page to 1.2.3.4 anyway.


>Before I wander off to write a test for this, I'm wondering if anyone
>knows of a test suite or a methodology which works. I was thinking

This has nothing to do with OSes, Linux or even a kernel. It is just
that most people on this net (and also most people who operate servers
or work at ISPs) are complete idiots that neither know how to operate
a webserver (set it to "name lookup off" and do address resolving for
web statistics offline) or an ip-space (how to setup a reverse
resolution).

I did consulting for an ISP that has > 50 Class C networks and not
_one_ had right forward and reverse resolution [1] as I arrived there.

Regards
Henning

[1] Now it has. ;-)


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