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Re: Phantom packet loss is being shown when using pathping in connection with asynchronous routing - although there is no real loss.
- From: Joe Abley
- Date: Tue Jun 06 12:36:28 2006
On 6-Jun-2006, at 08:19, Gunther Stammwitz wrote:
I have customers who are complaining about packet loss and they are
(if it comes with win xp, then that sounds interesting-yet-surprising
-- it's more usually found at <http://www.bitwizard.nl/mtr/>).
providing me with MTRs and pathpings (that's some sort of
pings every hop it sees several times - comes with windows xp)
The starting point for any investigation like this is to compare the
traceroute that apparently shows loss or other problems with
traceroutes from strategic points in the path back to the source.
The nasty thing is that there is de facto NO LOSS on the line but
is seeing some sort of phantom loss.
If there's a congestion problem which is the cause of the concern
then comparing traceroutes in both directions will usually help find it.
If there's no congestion problem, or the apparent problem is unusual
latency or loss in the numbers mtr displays for particular routers in
the path, then mtr's ICMP echo requests towards the control elements
of particular routers are probably being deliberately rate-limited by
the operators of those routers.