workstation != gateway


David A. Bridgham (dab@BORAX.LCS.MIT.EDU)
Fri, 21 Feb 86 15:48:56 est


        In general, machines (either gateways or workstations) should
not forward packets that were broadcast. This can causes all manner
of breakage with packet loops and flooded nets (Send an ICMP ping to
the broadcast address of a ringnet that has machines on it which
forward broadcast packets. It will take a couple of minutes for the
time-to-live fields to get rid of all the packets, during which time
the machines on that net will not be much use.).
        The exception of course is the case where there is a specified
mechanism for multi-subnet broadcast and that is being used.
                                                        Dave



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