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Re: looping traceroutes
From: Leo Bicknell <bicknell () ufp org>
Date: Wed, 19 Sep 2001 08:09:28 -0400

On Wed, Sep 19, 2001 at 12:40:51AM -0700, Ratul Mahajan wrote:
Do you think that it can be a real persistent routing loop (data packets
would actually shuttle between the two interfaces) as against some
wierdness because of traceroute?

I'd tell you a story, but it would make all of nanog cringe.  Put
simply, I know of at least one medium size regional network who
when they couldn't make "bgp work" decided to implement a series
of scripts that logged into all routers and installed statics to
make things work.

Let me just tell you, after a few short weeks of adding and removing
(and missing) such routes there were loops all over the place, many
of which are probably still there. :-(

There are a number of ways long lived loops can occur.  I believe
others have pointed out some other methods.

Leo Bicknell - bicknell () ufp org
Systems Engineer - Internetworking Engineer - CCIE 3440
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