IP Routing: OSPF Configuration Guide, Cisco IOS Release 12.4T
OSPF Retransmissions Limit
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OSPF Retransmissions Limit

OSPF Retransmissions Limit

Last Updated: October 27, 2011

Feature History

Release

Modification

12.2(11)T

This feature was introduced.

This feature module describes the change in how the Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) protocol handles retransmissions.

Finding Feature Information

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Feature Overview

Cisco IOS Release 12.2(4)T added a limit to the number of retransmissions of database exchange and update packets for both demand and non-demand circuits. The retransmission of these packets stops once this retry limit is reached, thus preventing unnecessary use of the link in continual retransmission of the packets if, for some reason, a neighbor is not responding during adjacency forming.

The limit for both demand circuit and non-demand circuit retransmissions is 24.

The limit-retransmissions command allows you to either remove (disable) the limit or change the maximum number of retransmissions to be a number from 1 to 255.

Benefits

The limit-retransmissions command provides for backward compatibility for previous or other releases of Cisco IOS or other routers that do not have this feature.

Restrictions

The limit to the number of retransmissions does not apply for update packets on nonbroadcast multiaccess (NBMA) point-to-multipoint direct circuits. In this situation, the dead timer is used to end communication with non-responding neighbors and thus stop the retransmissions.

Related Features and Technologies

This feature is an extension of the OSPF routing protocol. For more information about configuring OSPF and configuring route summarization and filtering, refer to the "Configuring OSPF" module of the Cisco IOS IP Routing Protocols Configuration Guide and the Cisco IOS IP Routing: OSPF Command Reference.

Supported Platforms

The limit-retransmissions command is supported for the following platforms in Cisco IOS Release 12.2(11)T:

  • Cisco AS5300
  • Cisco AS5400
  • Cisco AS5800
  • Cisco 1400 series
  • Cisco 1600 series
  • Cisco 1600R series
  • Cisco 1710
  • Cisco 1720
  • Cisco 1721
  • Cisco 1750
  • Cisco 1751
  • Cisco 2500 series
  • Cisco 2600 series
  • Cisco 3620
  • Cisco 3631
  • Cisco 3640
  • Cisco 3725
  • Cisco 3745
  • Cisco 3660
  • Cisco IGX 8400 Series URM
  • Cisco MC3810
  • Cisco 7100 series
  • Cisco 7200 series
  • Cisco 7500 series
  • Cisco uBR7200 series

Finding Feature Information in This Module

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Finding Support Information for Platforms and Cisco IOS and Catalyst OS Software Images

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Configuration Tasks

Setting OSPF Retransmission Limits

SUMMARY STEPS

1.    Router(config)# router ospfprocess-id

2.    Router(config-router)# limit retransmissions{[dc {max-number | disable}] [non-dc {max-number | disable}]}


DETAILED STEPS
  Command or Action Purpose
Step 1
Router(config)# router ospfprocess-id 

Configures the router to run an OSPF process.

 
Step 2
Router(config-router)# limit retransmissions{[dc {max-number | disable}] [non-dc {max-number | disable}]} 

Sets the limit in the number of retransmissions of database exchange and update packets for both demand and non-demand circuits.

 

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