Re: Larger blocks

Andrew James Alan Welty (
Sun, 20 Apr 1997 18:43:02 -0700

Can we have a little discussion of how large the blocks should be
allowed to get? I'm thinking 2^34 or 2^35 pairs for my system would
work, with the server giving 36 hours to complete.

It depends on each system. IF the keyserver would parcell out larger
key ranges, or larger blocks it could simple give a smaller test key
block to your system them based on that decide what would need to be
parcelled out to your system to give it say 24 hours of work. I
believe smaller blocks, just more of them would be better as this would
allow you to reboot the system if needed without losing all the work
done so far on that large key.

Right now it appears that the server bases how big your blocks are by
however many it thinks you can get done in <1 hour. Is this right?
Can this be changed on the server, maybe increased to 24 hours? Or
maybe with a command line switch? Anyway, what about it?

Yes it bases the keyblock size on how much your system can get done in
a set amount of time. Currently not supported.

Also, how does the server handle different IP addresses? I mean, if I
started a 24 hour session, and had to reboot, the next time I started,
the server would probably give me a different block, right? What if my
friend, also on IONet started up after I hung up and had my old IP
address? He'd get my block, and that would be a waste. Just some
thoughts from someone who just joined in...

Doesn't matter keyblocks are not determined by IP address. Anytime you
connect to the server you will be assigned a different key. Unless the
has expired (currently possible after two hours) it would not be reassigned
to your friend. The main thing Dynamic IP address effect is the amount of
clients from a given domain. Say you where the only one it the IONet
but connected 4 seperate times, each time getting a different IP assigned,
IONet domain would show up in the rankings as four clients.