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On Tue, Feb 04, 2003 at 11:39:16AM -0800, Fiona Sou-Yee Wong wrote:
>I have kernel version 2.4.18 and I was looking for a patch to have the
>option to disable NAGLE's algorithm.
>Is there a patch available for kernels 2.4 and greater and if not, what
>other options do I have?


Others already answered this specific question, but I wonder how hard it
would be to create a patch to disable TCP's timeout and retransmit
mechanisms on a given interface? This would allow those of us who have no
alternative other than PPP over ssh for VPN to greatly improve performance.
Over a well behaved connection this works acceptably, but given any delays
or packet loss it is essentially unusable. I know the real answer is using
something other than TCP as the transport layer for the tunnel (IPSEC, IP
over IP, UDP, etc.) but that isn't always possible. So I'd like a way to
treat the ppp interface the VPN tunnel creates as a completely reliable
transport for which normal TCP/IP retransmits and timeouts don't apply.
It'd just bullheadedly go along transmitting data and assuming it was
received -- the underlying TCP transport can take care of making the link
reliable.

Is this even remotely reasonable? If it would cause performance degradation
it'd have to be a config option or never make the kernel at all (Linus may
never accept it regardless I suppose) But ignoring that for a moment, is it
just too hairy to contemplate? I've done a few patches here and there for
Linux in the past, but nothing like this (and nothing involving networking)
so it is far beyond my capability. But if something was cooked up that
works well enough I'd be willing to try polishing it and porting between
kernel versions where necessary.

But I'd take any suggestions for alterations in /proc/sys/net/ipv4/* that
might help the current state of things.


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