[Standards] throttling

Rene Treffer treffer+xmpp at measite.de
Sat Feb 12 19:56:10 UTC 2011

On 02/11/2011 11:40 PM, Justin Karneges wrote:
> On Friday 11 February 2011 14:04:59 Matthew Wild wrote:
>> My opinion on this is that we don't need application-layer throttling
>> mechanisms. If a server wants to punish a peer, it can simply stop
>> reading from the connection for a while. The peer doesn't have to know
>> about this (such a notification MAY be useful for UI purposes, but I
>> personally doubt it).
> The trouble is that throttling and keepalive pings don't play well together.  
> It is easy to imagine a client today that uses XEP-0199 pings to the server 
> every minute, but then gets throttled by the server for over a minute.  The 
> result is that sending too fast means you get disconnected.  This is pretty 
> terrible if there's no way to know what counts as "too fast".

This looks suspicious. If a server drops / delays pings I'd say it's a
server bug, not a client not implementing a XEP. You should seriously
think about handling pings differently if you feel like dropping them.

  Rene Treffer

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