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Re: metric 0 vs 'no metric at all'

  • From: Pierfrancesco Caci
  • Date: Tue Jan 03 03:10:15 2006

:-> "Alexander" == Alexander Koch <> writes:

    > Hiya,

    > I was wondering if someone had done any or some research on
    > this before... basically I am not sure with all the many
    > implementations of BGP and all the vendors if and what those
    > will do when they see a metric of 0 and no metric. I am not
    > an expert knowing the actual protocol's messages exchanged,
    > but I see some routes with nothing in the metric field on
    > the various show commands, and some have explicit '0' metric.

    > I do not trust all the BGP implementations around, and we
    > consider changing the default outbound, with MEDs of course
    > still available on request.

Cisco has a knob for this:

default is treating missing med as 0, which tends to surprise peers/customers
who want to send med only on a few routes (i.e., if you want to set a
med on a route, always set it on all your bgp sessions, because you
can't tell if your neighbor has set "missing-as-worst" or not).


    > Alexander


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