[rc5] Problem with (HTTP) Network errors

Greg Wooledge wooledge at kellnet.com
Wed Aug 27 23:41:35 EDT 1997

On Wed, 27 Aug 1997, Jeff Lawson wrote:

> >> The proxy says: "And Now For something completely different
> >> (alpaca.llamas.net)"Network::Error Read failed 6/0
> >> The proxy says: "And Now For something completely different
> >> (alpaca.llamas.net)"<Network::Error Read failed 6/0

> 1) make sure that you are running 2.004.  The http tunnelling was improved
> in this regard.

I'd do that except for two problems:

* The 2.004 HP-UX client does not run under HP-UX 9.x at all.

* On at least one of our 10.x machines, the 2.004 client runs significantly
  slower than the 2.002 client.  (I'm still running 2.004 on exactly one
  HP-UX 10.20 system; on this box, 2.004 is only slightly slower, but I
  reckon being able to get more blocks from the proxies makes up for it.)

The good news is that our fastest two machines (the HP-UX box listed
above and my P-120 Linux workstation, in that order) can both run 2.004
and thus get the highest percentage of non-random blocks....

> 2) if the above does not resolve your problem, then it is likely that your
> firewall situation does not allow you to do external DNS lookups directly
> from your machine.  In such a case, you must force the client to explicitly
> use a single proxy by going into the configuration and setting the
> preferred *keyserver* to an IP address of one of the proxies.  Try picking
> any one of the following:

I'll try this.  However, could you explain why this is recommended?
It doesn't seem like it should make any difference.  Why does it matter
that the DNS lookup is done by the firewall instead of the client?  It's
getting late here, and maybe I'm being dense....

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