Host Announcement

MCCALL,DON (HP-USA,ex1) don_mccall at
Fri Sep 14 06:25:20 GMT 2001

Hi Silviu,
the short answer to that is "browsing sucks".  That's just the way
MS implemented it. Sorry.  There are probably ways of defeating this, but I
never done it; you can reduce the amount of broadcast traffic by making all
clients and servers use WINS, but this affects name lookup; browsing and
browse lists
are still going to depend on broadcast...  Perhaps someone else on the list
addressed eliminating broadcasts on their network???

-----Original Message-----
From: Silviu Marin-Caea [mailto:silviu at]
Sent: Friday, September 14, 2001 9:03 AM
To: samba at
Subject: Re: Host Announcement

On Fri, 14 Sep 2001 08:45:36 -0400
"MCCALL,DON (HP-USA,ex1)" <don_mccall at> wrote:

> Hi Silviu,
> The broadcasts from the computers are how the master browser
> which computers should be 'aged' out of its browse list.  The browse
> doesn't go 'looking' for computers, but instead adds a computer to
> browse 

What I don't understand is: why don't the clients store the address of
the master browser and then send keepalives directly to it?  If they
cannot reach that address, it means the master browser died or
changed, and only then broadcast should occur.

In some cases bandwidth is not cheap.  I have broadcasts traveling a
radio link for nothing, and it pisses me off.  I know I could use
routers, but, firstly, I'm trying hard to get rid of the unnecessary

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