Abandoned messages.

Mitch Collinsworth mitch at ccmr.cornell.edu
Tue Jan 8 22:17:02 UTC 2008

On Tue, 8 Jan 2008, Bruce Hudson wrote:

>    The normal reason is that the client does a gratuitous ARP to check
> that the IP address is not already in use. If if is, it declines the
> lease and the server abandons the address. The server will not re-use an
> abandoned address unless there are no others available; in which case it
> uses the previously abandoned addresses as a last resort.

Hmm...  perhaps the server could be changed use gratuitous ARP instead
of ping-before-offer.  This it seems to me would have better results in
these days where many clients no longer respond to ping.  (Not as a
solution to the current problem under discussion, just to the general
"I wonder if this IP is still in use" problem.)


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