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-- jjJ, j, jg, Jo, DJ, JD, JP, JV, Jr, NJ, OJ, SJ, VJ, J's

OSPF, BGP, bah. If you're reading this, you probably like one or the
other. They're both shit.

But Ja-aymz, I hear you cry, how can you make this assertion?

* BGPGP, BAP, BOP is optimised for the sort of static network that we do not
have. There is a good reason why the internetInternet, inter net, inter-net, interned, Internets, intent, internee, interment, intranet, entente, intern, internist, indent, intend, interne's requires micromanagement
to the point of insanity - BGPGP, BAP, BOP doesn't actually give each host an
accurate picture of the network. Which is fine, if you're not trying
to create a city wide wireless network.... there is a neat little test
case on our network _right now_ that I can use to prove this, if only
I could be bothered drawing the diagram. But consider clusters that
are connected to major routers at each end, rather than one single
backbone connection. And of course TCPTC, TWP, TAP, TIP, TOP, PCP, TSP, TC'S stalls are fun, since most
people aren't using a wifiwife, Fifi, Wini friendly implementation such as
tcp_westwood (shame on you!). If you are into micromanagement, though,
it does at least allow you to override other configcon fig, con-fig, Cong, confide, confine, confirm, conic, Congo, confer, confab, conga, conform, confuse, confute, converge, convoke, configure, conifer, Kong, conj, conk, gong, confider, concur, conger, connive, convict, convoy, confers, confess, conker, convex, convey choices. And if
you don't, then you're , because it requires it to work _at all_.

* OSPFOS PF, OS-PF, SPF, ESP, USP, ASP, USAF, ESPY, ESPN, USPS, ASPS, ASP'S is a fragile , falling apart at the drop of an elephant. It
theoretically works, but in reality it falls apart quicker than you
can say "I thought bgpGP, bap, bop was going to save the world!". And this is
ignoring the fact that area 0 has all of the downsides of BGP, with
none of the good sides. OSPFOS PF, OS-PF, SPF, ESP, USP, ASP, USAF, ESPY, ESPN, USPS, ASPS, ASP'S implementations completely fail to
interoperateinter operate, inter-operate, intemperate, interpreter, interpret without massaging, and indeed the default settings of
most of them are total shite anyhow. One single dumb can destroy the
entire network with a stupid configcon fig, con-fig, Cong, confide, confine, confirm, conic, Congo, confer, confab, conga, conform, confuse, confute, converge, convoke, configure, conifer, Kong, conj, conk, gong, confider, concur, conger, connive, convict, convoy, confers, confess, conker, convex, convey choice. This is not a theoretical
attack - this has happened before. Requires less micromanagement than
BGP, which is great, but doesn't provide the capability to do the
management that you _do_ need to do. Word!

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Looking out a dirty old iface, down below the cars in the city go
rushing by
I sit here alone, and I wonder why

Bight lights, the music gets faster, checking your timestamp, another
glance
I'm not leaving, no honey, no not a chance.

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I realise that this is a terribly, terribly difficult thing for
people to grasp, but this is important - despite the name, and the
shitty attempt to emulate it, WIFIWIFE, FIFI, WINI IS NOT ETHERNET. It is ESPECIALLY
not cat-5 connected ethernet, not even 10M, let alone the 100M that
everyone is trying to pretend that it is.

Today's proposed alternative is OLSROLES, ILSE, OLSEN, OILS, OWLS, ELSE, ILSA, OLSON, ELSA, ELSI, ELSY, USSR, ALSO, OIL'S, OWL'S, OLA'S, OLE'S, AOL'S, AL'S, EL'S http://olsr.org . OLSROLES, ILSE, OLSEN, OILS, OWLS, ELSE, ILSA, OLSON, ELSA, ELSI, ELSY, USSR, ALSO, OIL'S, OWL'S, OLA'S, OLE'S, AOL'S, AL'S, EL'S is not
perfect. It's not even good. It's got massive problems, in fact, which
we'll talk about here. But yet, most of those problems exist in
functionality that OSPFOS PF, OS-PF, SPF, ESP, USP, ASP, USAF, ESPY, ESPN, USPS, ASPS, ASP'S and BGPGP, BAP, BOP don't even provide.

OLSROLES, ILSE, OLSEN, OILS, OWLS, ELSE, ILSA, OLSON, ELSA, ELSI, ELSY, USSR, ALSO, OIL'S, OWL'S, OLA'S, OLE'S, AOL'S, AL'S, EL'S has three major advantages over the aforementioned two: It was
designed for mesh routing, which vaguely resembles what we're trying
to do, it supports both single hosts and networks, and has at least
some measure of link quality built into it. And, unlike BGPGP, BAP, BOP or OSPF, a
human can actually configure the thing - even on windows.

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# A very complicated configuration. Sort of. The actual # running
configcon fig, con-fig, Cong, confide, confine, confirm, conic, Congo, confer, confab, conga, conform, confuse, confute, converge, convoke, configure, conifer, Kong, conj, conk, gong, confider, concur, conger, connive, convict, convoy, confers, confess, conker, convex, convey on hanuman.nodefus.wireless.org.au # (10.10.64.130,
10.10.64.33, 10.10.48.28) # # Note the special case for the ethernetEthernet, ether net, ether-net, eternity, Athene, ethane, otherness, Ethan, Thant, event, Ethelind, Athene's, ethane's, Athena, earned
connections! DebugLevelDebug Level, Debug-Level, Debacle, Debacles, Deductively, Debacle's, Doubtlessly, Baleful, Doleful, Guileful, Defectively [1] 0 ClearScreenClear Screen, Clear-Screen, Screen, Firescreen, Silkscreen, Onscreen, Clergymen, Clarine, Corkscrew, Sunscreen, Clearing, Clustering, Corkscrews, Goalscorer, Walgreen, Glycerin, Clayson, Gleason, Clarion, Closure, Goalscoring, Touchscreen, Cloistering, Clustered, Classroom, Pleasuring, Closures, Cloistered, Corkscrew's, Clapeyron, Clergyman, Closure's [2] yes LinkQualityLevel [3]
2 LinkQualityWinSize [4] 100 UseHysteresisUse Hysteresis, Use-Hysteresis, Hysteresis, Hysteresis's, Seamstresses, Asbestosis, Estruses, Oestruses, Housemistresses [5] no

Hna4 { 10.10.64.128 255.255.255.240 10.10.64.32 255.255.255.240
10.10.48.0 255.255.255.224 }
Interface "eth0" "wlan1" "wlan0" { HelloIntervalHello Interval, Hello-Interval, Interval, Countervail, Lintel, Hollanders, Hollander, Plaintively, Hollander's [6] 2.0
HelloValidityTime [7] 20.0 # pieces of 100mbit cat5 are always cheap
LinkQualityMult [8] 10.10.64.132 10.0 LinkQualityMult [9] 10.10.64.134
10.0 }

LoadPluginFloodplain, Ladling, Lodging, Deluging, Plugging, Tarpaulin [10] "olsrd_httpinfo.so.0.1" { PlParamPlayroom, Pram, Plasma, Pilgrim, Program, Pleura, Plural, Priam, Pleurae, Pleural, Laramie, Pellagra, Prim, Prom, Palmyra, Purim, Pleura's [11] "Net"
"10.0.0.0 255.0.0.0" }

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One of the most glaring problems is the link quality calculation -
the algorythmalgorithm, algorithms, algorithm's, algorithmic, logarithm is 1/(packetLoss * packetLossBackToMe). Note any mention
of speed in there? I didn't think you did... our original thought was
to combine it with the script from last month for calculating speed,
and apply the output of that to LinkQualityMult [12] - which would
work great, if only you could reconfigure the router at runtime. But,
alas, you cannot.

There is a pluginplug in, plug-in, plugging, plaguing, ploughing, polygon, plunging, plucking, plug, kluging, pluming, plain, plugs, puling, pidgin, lugging, plug's, purging, plunk, Pliny, pulling, splurging, bulging, penguin, pulping, pulsing, pledging, plunking, pillaging, plunge, legion, paging, puking, plan, plunger interface, and this was our next thought - however,
while it can with the route table, it doesn't seem to be able to
change actual settings. Which is a shame for other reasons that we'll
get to momentarily. The point is, that you need to either know your
link speed in advance, or trust that it knows best. And while on wifiwife, Fifi, Wini
packet loss is actually a pretty good metric, it is far from perfect -
some combinations of interface are just inherently better than others.

There is an argument that the algorythmalgorithm, algorithms, algorithm's, algorithmic, logarithm is also not harsh enough to
lossyLissy, loss, lousy, Lissa, Lissi, loss's, Flossy, Lois, flossy, glossy, lass, less, loos, lose, lows, Rossy, bossy, mossy, Lassa, Loise, Lyssa, lasso, loose, loser, louse, Lois's, Lou's, Loy's, loo's, lass's links - a link with 30% packet loss in each direction will get a
route cost of 2.04, whereas in reality that link is almost dead. We
actually did experiment with changing the algorythmalgorithm, algorithms, algorithm's, algorithmic, logarithm to
1/(packetLoss^2*packetLossBackToMe^2), which gave results that I was
happier with. Which is not to say that the current results are
terrible, just that they only consider the GHOGO, HO, GAO, GHQ, GEO, GOO, GPO, WHO, RHO, THO, OHO link as a 1.41 cost
right now, whereas a perfect wifiwife, Fifi, Wini link is a 1.0 cost. Under the
squared algorythm, that cost would be over 2.0, which is much more
realistic.

But I really don't want to maintain a forked tree - especially
considering that pre-built binaries already exist for linux, windows,
pocketpc, and wrt54g. I'm sure that few would argue this point.

The other major complaint, is that point to point links are
non-obvious. UDPUSP, DP, UP, ADP, EDP, GDP, UMP is the transport used, although unlike OSPFOS PF, OS-PF, SPF, ESP, USP, ASP, USAF, ESPY, ESPN, USPS, ASPS, ASP'S the
unreliable transport actually works well here. But the default is to
send to the broadcast address of the network - the official way to set
up point to point exclusive links, is to change a parameter called
Ip4Broadcast. Which makes sense when you think about it, but is non
obvious. I don't think you can have multiple ones of these per
interface, either, especially a problem when due to other trivia,
olsrdoilseed, ulcered, Elset, Alfred, insured, Ulster, aliased, ulster, assured, Alfreda, Alfredo, Elfreda, Elfrida, altered, ensured, allured tends to fail with aliased interfaces.

Ironically, in the name of sanity checking. There is no management,
the program knows best. This is a horrible pain in the ass
sometimes... like now, for example. Of course, there is an argument
that most MW people shouldn't be controlling their routers in the
first place. The protocol is designed to be self configuring, and
sometimes this even works. It's just a pain when it doesn't. And like
I said, if you don't like it, who the want stosot, Soto, stow, ST, St, st, STOL, stop, SRO, SO, so, to, Sta, Ste, Stu, sty, STD, std, Ito, PTO, St's maintain a parallel
version? .

But still, the question is, better than OSPFOS PF, OS-PF, SPF, ESP, USP, ASP, USAF, ESPY, ESPN, USPS, ASPS, ASP'S though? Almost
certainly. Better than BGP? No, except if you're trying to do what
we're trying to do. Then Yes.

Links:
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[1] http://melbourne.wireless.org.au/?DebugLevel
[2] http://melbourne.wireless.org.au/?ClearScreen
[3] http://melbourne.wireless.org.au/?LinkQualityLevel
[4] http://melbourne.wireless.org.au/?LinkQualityWinSize
[5] http://melbourne.wireless.org.au/?UseHysteresis
[6] http://melbourne.wireless.org.au/?HelloInterval
[7] http://melbourne.wireless.org.au/?HelloValidityTime
[8] http://melbourne.wireless.org.au/?LinkQualityMult
[9] http://melbourne.wireless.org.au/?LinkQualityMult
[10] http://melbourne.wireless.org.au/?LoadPlugin
[11] http://melbourne.wireless.org.au/?PlParam
[12] http://melbourne.wireless.org.au/?LinkQualityMult

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