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Re: kernel 2.2.17 and PPPoE: PROBLEM SOLVED

Of course, it is not necessary to upgrade to woody in order to use
kernel 2.2.17.  The woody kernel-source package will work fine, as well
as the tarball from linux.kernel.org.


On Mon, Nov 27, 2000 at 11:02:17AM -0800, Stan Kaufman wrote:
> In case I'm not the only one who has run into this problem, here's what
> happened and what fixed things.
> On my potato firewall box, I ran a custom 2.2.15 kernel with the stock
> PPPoE package (Roaring Penguin v 1.0-1) from the Debian archive with
> good results. The only problem was that for unclear reasons, some web
> sites wouldn't come across the connection.
> Then I tried to upgrade to a 2.2.17 kernel (still potato--which means
> the 2.2.17-pre-6 source). At that, my PPPoE connection to PacBell DSL
> tanked. The connection would start and then it would die after a handful
> of packets.
> I thought that the old version of PPPoE might be the problem, since the
> current Roaring Penguin version is 2.3. So I debianized and installed
> the RP tarball. The new version of PPPoE still worked with the 2.2.15
> kernel but not with the 2.2.17 kernel.
> Finally I decided to upgrade the whole box to woody, and recompiled the
> 2.2.17 kernel with the 2.2.17-1 source that is in the woody
> distribution. This kernel works beautifully with the RP PPPoE.
> Two things seem relevant: something got fixed/improved in the kernel
> source from 2.2.17-pre-6 and 2.2.17-1; and the latest version of RP's
> PPPoE has an option to lower the maximum TCP segment size, which somehow
> corrects the problem with getting to certain web sites (like
> www.hp.com).
> Bottom line: if you're having trouble with a firewall box running the
> 2.2.17 kernel, upgrade to woody and install the latest PPPoE from RP (ie
> don't use the PPPoE in the woody distribution, which is still back at
> 1.7).
> Hope this helps anyone else avoid wasting the time I spent trying to
> work this out!
> Stan
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Bob Nielsen, N7XY                          nielsen@oz.net
Bainbridge Island, WA                      http://www.oz.net/~nielsen

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