Destination blacklist Overview ------------------------------ The destination blacklist (dst_blacklist) is used to try to mark bad destinations and avoid possible future expensive send operation to them. A destination is added to the blacklist when an attempt to send to it fails (e.g. timeout while trying to send or connect on TCP), or when a SIP timeout occurs while trying to forward statefully an INVITE (using tm) and the remote side doesn't send back any response. The blacklist (if enabled) is checked before any send attempt. Drawbacks --------- Using the destination blacklist will cause some performance degradation, especially on multi cpu machines. If you don't need it you can easily disable it, either in sip-router's config or at compile time. Disabling it at compile time is slightly better (but not in a "measurable" way) than disabling it at runtime, from the config file. Whether the destination blacklist is a good solution for you depends a lot on the setup. In general it is better to turn it on when: - sending to clients that don't respond is expensive (e.g. lots of clients use tcp and they have the habit of silently discarding tcp traffic from time to time) - stateful forwarding is used (tm) and lower memory usage is desired (a transaction will fail immediately if the destination is already blacklisted by a previous transaction to the same destination that failed due to timeout) - faster dns failover is desired, especially when stateful forwarding (tm) and UDP are used - better chances of DOS attack survival are important Config Variables ---------------- use_dst_blacklist = on | off (default off) - enable the destination blacklist: If on each failed send attempt will cause the destination to be blacklisted. Before any send operation this blacklist will be checked and if a match is found the send is no longer attempted (an error is returned immediately). Note: using the blacklist incurs a small performance penalty. dst_blacklist_mem = size in Kb (default 250 Kb) - maximum shared memory amount used for keeping the blacklisted destinations. dst_blacklist_expire = time in s (default 60 s) - how long time a blacklisted destination will be kept in the blacklist (w/o any update). dst_blacklist_gc_interval = time in s (default 60 s) - how often the garbage collection will run (eliminating old, expired entries). dst_blacklist_init = on | off (default on) - if off, the blacklist is not initialized at startup and cannot be enabled at runtime, which saves some memory. Compile Time Options -------------------- USE_DST_BLACKLIST - if defined the blacklist support will be compiled-in (default). Note: To remove a compile time option, edit the file Makefile.defs and remove USE_DST_BLACKLIST from the list named DEFS. To add a compile time option, just add it to the make command line, e.g.: make proper; make all extra_defs=-DUSE_DNS_FAILOVER or for a permanent solution, edit Makefile.defs and add it to DEFS (don't forget to prefix it with -D).