ClientAliveInterval Question

Darren Tucker dtucker at
Wed Nov 30 20:58:26 EST 2005

On Wed, Nov 30, 2005 at 10:43:23AM +0100, Frank Mohr wrote:
> is there a reason why the ClientAliveInterval is 0 (i.e. turned of)
> by default?

In theory, it's not needed.  If an IP network works the way it's
supposed to then it's unnecessary.  In fact, it makes things worse: it
keeps demand-dial links active when they need not be, and causes idle
connections to abort during intermittent network problems when they
need not.

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