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Re: Loose Source Routing
- From: John Hawkinson
- Date: Wed Mar 07 12:31:37 2001
> Now, LSRR is _expensive_. Modern routers handle packets with options in
> hardware, and doing IP options in hardware is not cheap.
Conveniently, not very many of them are sent.
> (BTW, what other options are actually used? :) IMO, prohibiting IP
> options altogether would be a good idea (and don't ask me about
I use the timestamp option sometimes.
And the record route (no source routing) option.
I do suspect that I'm one of a very small set with respect to the
> As for debugging routing - isn't it much better to ask OFRVs to add
> remotely accessible traceroute servers to their boxes? There is no
> engineering or economic justification for diagnostic fucntionality like
> LSRR to stay anywhere close to the fast packet path.
While this might be nice in theory, I think that it would be a political
nightmare to deploy. Thus leaving us with the status quo.
It also has nasty state implications.