Samba, Windows NT (doco) and browser elections

Luke Kenneth Casson Leighton lkcl at
Mon Feb 1 16:30:41 GMT 1999

On Tue, 2 Feb 1999, Richard Sharpe wrote:

> Hi all (and particularly Jeremey and Luke),
> I have some Windows style doco here from a long time ago that claims that
> when browser elections occur, master browsers send out up to four requests
> at intervals of 200mS, while backup browsers send out up to four requests
> at intervals of 400mS.

this may be right.
> However, the Samba source indicates that election requests are sent out at
> intervals of 2 seconds.

this may be wrong.
> I am seeking confirmation that I have read the Samba source correctly :-)

the quicker that you advance your election criteria the more likely you
are to win the browser-war.

you cannot advance any quicker than 100ms due to the brain-dead wfwg
implementation switching itself off for 100ms when it sends out an
announcement packet.  presumably this is so that it doesn't get confused
by receiving its own packet and thinking it's from someone else!!!


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