[PROXYPER] issue with Pproxy not giving out all the blocks

Jay Berg jberg at phc.net
Fri Dec 18 07:39:44 EST 1998

On my home network (2 systems), I have a dial-up connection to the Internet
on one of the systems. On that system, I run a Pproxy that connects to my
main Pproxy at my office. The dial-up connection is sporadic, 1-2 times a
day. I have both systems running rc5 and talking to a Pproxy on the gateway

The Pproxy is set to talk to the Pproxy at the office via a numeric IP
address of the office Pproxy system. At first, I found the Pproxy was using
90% of the system resources when the dial-up line was disconnected. I then
set the "workperiod" setting to 300 (5 minutes). This caused the Pproxy to
only try to connect once every 5 minutes and the CPU utilization went back
to normal. I assume this was due to the timeout on connection attempts
taking longer than the normal workperiod value.

The result is that the two rc5 clients have a local Pproxy to service both
systems and that the Pproxy automatically performs the up/downloading when
the gateway dial-up is connected. Neither rc5 client is ever kept waiting
for a connection and the Pproxy handles the disconnections from the Internet
without a glitch.

I'd recommend you use a numeric IP value and an increased "workperiod"
value. That should take care of your problem(s).

    jberg at phc.net

-----Original Message-----
From: Petr Novotny <Petr.Novotny at antek.cz>
To: proxyper at lists.distributed.net <proxyper at lists.distributed.net>
Date: Friday, December 18, 1998 7:30 AM
Subject: Re: [PROXYPER] issue with Pproxy not giving out all the blocks

> If that's the deal, I would give the proxy the IP address (not DNS
> name) for the master proxy. You can get it by simply PINGing the
> master proxy's server name. Most Ping programs will then report the
> IP address.

Yes - but if that specific proxy is offline, I'm screwed. I thought
the round-robin addresses should be used...

> In any case, I would increase the buffer sizes if your LAN is doing
> about 4-5 Mkeys/sec. Try doubling the buffer sizes, it would
> probably help alot.

In my case, the problem is not the buff-in size (I have
two-days-worth of blocks in my buff-in and still the proxy does not
hand out the blocks) but buff-out (after three hours the buff-out is
full, proxy starts attempting flushes and stops serving clients.

> Btw, isn't there a "Timeout" setting somewhere?

Where? If you mean in the proxy's ini file, it is a timeout for
connections, not for DNS queries (correct me if I'm wrong).
Petr Novotny, ANTEK CS
Petr.Novotny at antek.cz
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