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Bug#207433: ITP: spinner -- Sends small packets over a idle link to keep it open

On [27/08/03  2:02], Jesus Climent wrote:
> Package: wnpp
> Version: N/A; reported 2003-08-27
> Severity: wishlist

> * Package name    : spinner
>   Version         : 1.2.4
>   Upstream Author : Joe Laffey <software@laffeycomputer.com>
> * URL             : http://www.laffeycomputer.com/spinner.html
> * License         : GPL
>   Description     : Sends small packets over a idle link to keep it open

>  spinner sends small packets (null packets or a fancy ASCII spin
>  fan with motion) to keep a link up.
>  .
>  It is the perfect application to keep alive a connection over
>  routers which disconnect a link after some idle time.

May I ask what kind of advantage this package provides compared to using
ping to keep the connection up? I'm asking because in the past and even
these days I sometime use a simple ping to ensure that a connection is
kept alive while the other site is quite slow to respond. 

Please don't see this as an attempt to keep you from packaging this
software or keeping the package out. Instead consider it as a question
of an interested user and developer.

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