Re: Possible a better order to switch connections

On Sun, 02 Oct 2005 11:53:21 -0700, Karl Hegbloom wrote:

> On Sun, 2005-10-02 at 15:43 +0300, Paul Ionescu wrote:
>> IMHO, a better approach is to let the old connection running, configure
>> the new connection, switch to the new connection, (optionally notify all
>> apps that there was a net change), and deactivate the old connection.
>> This way, there is no net downtime, and I don't think there is a major
>> impact in NM.
> The "downtime" is brief, and the new interface cannot have the same IP as
> the old one if you don't bring the old one down first.

The "downtime" is sometime not so brief, and why not avoid the downtime if
possible ?
Besides, one can have the same IP on multiple interfaces if needed.
You can test it.

> Open TCP "stream"
> network connections will stop working when you bring down the interface
> they are routed over, since their IP goes away.  For "connectionless" UDP,
> that's probably not a problem, unless the application layer keeps track of
> your IP address and something happens when that changes.
> Question:
> If, for instance, the wired connection is brought down, and then the wifi
> is  brought up right away and given the same IP that the wired interface
> just had, will open TCP connections continue to function? That is to say,
> will the Linux networking code move the connection to the new interface?
> What if there was a configuration option (perhaps a default) to have it
> move the old IP over to the new interface, as a secondary IP, provided the
> network and mask are the same?  Given that, what if there was a way to
> flag it to be automatically deleted once all active connections on it are
> gone?  Should that be in-kernel, or something NetworkManager does?
> It seems to me that this is probably possible and a use-case that may well
> have been considered during the design and implementation of the Linux
> networking stack.  Am I correct?

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