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> > > 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.
> >
> > I want this too ;) For one, it would be a perfect example of using
> > good existing tools to achieve the goal instead of inventing
> > something big and new. Also it does not reduce MTU unlike
> > packet-encapsulation tunnels.
> >
> > Now it's an imperfect example due to noted TCP over TCP performance
> > problem ('internal meltdown').
>
> I doubt a hack like disabling RTO would make it into the kernel.
> However, try enabling F-RTO at both ends (echo 1 >
> /proc/sys/net/ipv4/tcp_frto). This should improve things quite a bit.
>
> You need at least linux 2.4.21-pre3, or linux 2.5.x.

Wow, thanks! I'll look into it! (Found the draft. Google is cool ;)

What is really needed is raising RTO to large fixed value so that TCP
connection times out before RTs are triggered. And it have to be done only
on pppd-over-ssh iface. Am I right that currently kernel TCP options
are global, not per-if?
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