Accessing Toronto Public Library's Website with Linux

Giles Orr gilesorr-Re5JQEeQqe8AvxtiuMwx3w at
Fri Dec 19 23:18:08 UTC 2008

Hi Merv.

As it turns out, what I did to fix it on my machine and what I said on
the website are different.  And what's on the website is wrong.  This
is because I read while writing the
note.  I was at work when I did it, not at home (where my Linux box
is).  Use this:

echo 0 > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/tcp_window_scaling

It's not creating the file, it's changing the value in the file.

Similarily, the addition to /etc/sysctl.conf should be:


My sincerest apologies!  I'll fix it when I get to work Tuesday, or if
I can manage, get a coworker to do it Monday.

2008/12/19 Merv Curley <mervc-MwcKTmeKVNQ at>:
> On December 19, 2008, Giles Orr wrote:
>>      -----
>> Some customers have reported slowness accessing Toronto Public Library
>> websites on computers running the Linux operating system. The problem
>> is most likely caused by Linux's use of strict internet routing and
>> firewall settings. We're working on a fix at TPL, but you can also
>> solve the problem on your computer. Please only attempt this if you're
>> familiar with the command line and editing files in /etc/ .
>> First, test the fix by opening a terminal or command prompt with root
>> privileges and issue this command:
>> echo 0 > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/tcp_default_win_scale
> I tried this on my Debian and SuSE 11.0 distros and get a No Such File error.
> Is the command correct?
> Is 'echo' supposed to add this line to the proc filesystem?
> Now the site is almost useless,  I just don't use TPL unless I have to.

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