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 From:  "Chad R. Larson" <clarson at eldocomp dot com>
 To:  Fred Wright <fw at well dot com>, "m0n0wall at lists dot m0n0 dot ch" <m0n0wall at lists dot m0n0 dot ch>
 Subject:  Re: [m0n0wall] m0n0wall + net4501 keeps rebooting
 Date:  Wed, 31 Dec 2003 16:23:37 -0700
At 11:33 PM 12/30/2003, Fred Wright wrote:
>Since the current watchdog support obviously needs work, that's probably 
>not a bad idea, although it doesn't solve the underlying problem of the 
>system getting too bogged down to run processes.

I disagree.  It works exactly as intended (and, I believe, expected).  If 
you switch to polling, you increase the CPU load and packet latency.  If 
you delete the watchdog, you'll just find some other process (mini_http? 
dhcpc?) gets CPU starved and the system will still degrade, except in a 
manner much more difficult to diagnose.

The only way to make m0n0wall support significantly higher throughput is to 
get a faster hardware platform.  Replace your net4501 with a net4801.  Or 
build a box with an Athlon motherboard.

At most, make the launching of /usr/local/sbin/watchdogd be an option under 
the Advanced->Diagnostics menu.  That way, the adventurous can select the 
behavior they want (reboot or get flakey) when their box is overloaded.

Chad R. Larson (CRL22)    chad at eldocomp dot com
   Eldorado Computing, Inc.   602-604-3100
      5353 North 16th Street, Suite 400
        Phoenix, Arizona   85016-3228


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