[rc5] block buffering question

Milton Forte II mwf at ibm.net
Fri Jun 27 22:32:29 EDT 1997

In <s3b3dff4.069 at novell.com>, on 06/27/97 
   at 05:44 PM, Steve Trottier <STROTTIER at novell.com> said:

>Congrats on the v2 clients.  It used to take my PentiumPro 15.5 minutes or
>so to do a block and now it takes about 11 minutes.  Good work.

>I have a question about buffering.  I was getting quite a few errors each
>time the client would report on a block and then try to get a new one, so I
>set it to buffer 5 blocks at a time.  My reasoning was that it would only
>have to bother with a network connection every five blocks and there would
>be fewer 15 and 30 second sleeps happening.

>This appeared to work fine for a while, until the last exchange with the
>network.  The client finished its five blocks like usual and then tried to
>make the network connection.

>[06/27/97 21:23:17 GMT] Completed block 11C1D5:90000000 (268435456 keys)
>                        647.625 seconds. [414492.12 keys/sec]
>Network::Error 23/0
>The proxy says: "Bovine Proxy KeyServer (Build 2070)"
>Network::Error 6/0
>Unable to fetch more blocks, sleeping 30 secondsGetBufferError
>The proxy says: "Bovine Proxy KeyServer (Build 2070)"
>[06/27/97 21:24:35 GMT] Retrieved 5 block(s) from server
>[06/27/97 21:24:35 GMT] Block: B2822D:50000000 being processed

>Apparently it eventually retrieved the five new blocks successfully and
>began processing them, but there is no mention of the five blocks it had
>finished being reported.  Each time before this time I noticed that there
>was a line saying that five finished blocks had been sent to the server, but
>this time there was an error "Network::Error 23/0" and there is no mention
>of the blocks being sent to the server.

>So, was that work lost?  Will it remain unconfirmed?  Or did they actually
>get reported but not displayed on the output?

If they were sent, the file buff-out.rc5 should not be there, until the first
new block is completed.

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