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SubjectRe: Hour long timeout to ssh/telnet/ftp to down host?
On Wednesday 13 June 2001 05:40, Luigi Genoni wrote:
> On Tue, 12 Jun 2001, Ben Greear wrote:

> > You can tune things by setting the tcp-timeout probably..I don't
> > know exactly where to set this..
> /proc/sys/net/ipv4/tcp_fin_timeout
> default is 60.

Never got that far. My problem was actually tcp_syn_retries. Remember, I was
talking to a host that was unplugged. (I wasn't even getting "host
unreachable" messages, the packets were just disappearing.) The default
timeout in that case is rediculous do to the exponentially increasing delays
between retries. 10 retries wound up being something like 20 minutes.

I set it to 5 and everything works beautifully now. ssh (which retries the
connection 4 times, and used to take over an hour to time out) now takes just
over 3 minutes, which I can live with.

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