Re: What is SLIP?


David S. Hayes (pitstop!sundc!hqda-ai!merlin@sun.com)
12 Feb 88 15:18:38 GMT


In article <In article <41751@sun.uucp>, In article <41751@sun.uucp>, guy@sun.uucp (Guy Harris) writes:
> We don't have it now; I don't expect it to be officially supported
> in the next release, but Rick does have a version that can, I
> believe, be put into current SunOS releases, and I expect there
> will be versions to put into future releases. It may end up in a
> future release, but I don't know one way or the other.
>
> Guy Harris {ihnp4, decvax, seismo, decwrl, ...}!sun!guy
> guy@sun.com (or guy@sun.arpa)

     Sun should be adding this. Yes, there is a SLIP that runs on
Suns. It was "solarized" by Chris Torek at the University of
Maryland. I have tried it, and it does work.

     The problem is that in a binary-only Sun release, there is
no way to support a "disconnect-interface" procedure. This
results in a kernel crash if the remote end goes away. With a
dedicated hardwire line, that's not too much of a problem, but it
can be a real pain when you've got some intervening hardware.

     Sun should add a full SLIP, including disconnect,
immediately. The code is already available from Chris Torek,
including the disconnect business. For a company that claims that
"The network is the computer," here's an opportunity to put that
motto into practice.

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