Re: TCP/IP terminalservers and BREAK(/^C)

Charles Hedrick (!!
26 Oct 88 23:57:32 GMT

whna@cgcha.uucp (Heinz Naef) asks why ^C doesn't stop output when you
are logged into a system via a terminal server. The most likely
answer is that one or more of your host or terminal server doesn't
implement telnet sync. Output keeps coming because it has been
buffered. In order to get good performance, data is aggregated into
1.5K segments. Several KBytes of such segments may be sent at a time.
Meanwhile the terminal server is parcelling data out at a measly 9600
baud or whatever. If the host stops sending stuff, the terminal
server may not get anything new, but there's this 10K or so of data
already in the pipeline (both on the terminal server and in the host).
There is a way to stop this. What is supposed to happen is the
following: When a host wants to flush output, it sets the "urgent" bit
in the TCP headers. This bit will be set in the next packet sent from
the host. It takes effect on the terminal server as soon as such a
packet arrives. It is not necessary to wait until the terminal server
gets to that packet in the course of dumping data to your terminal.
Its effect occurs "out of band." As soon as the terminal server sees
a packet with this bit, it is supposed to stop output, throw away all
output in its buffers, and start ignoring new packets. This continues
until it sees a special "sync" signal. The sync is put into the data
stream where new data starts and output is supposed to resume. If
both ends implement this properly, you will still get a bit of overrun
when you type ^C, because it does take some time for the ^C to get to
the host and the response to get back. But it will no longer go on for
pages. I am reasonably sure that both the Bridge CS/1 and cisco ASM
implement this, so the problem is most likely in your host TCP/IP
implementation. 4.2 didn't do sync at all. The initial 4.3 did it at
only one end (I think user telnet but not server, though I may have it
reversed). I believe the latest 4.3 gets things right, but probably
most vendor implementations haven't updated to that release yet.
/usr/dict/words is a worst-case test, because it is very short lines.
So a delay of a couple of seconds can result in 10 pages going by.

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