#522 Group messages should be unacknowledged

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2012-09-15
2008-05-28
Gerald J. Stueve
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Group Messages (including Bulletins and Announcements) should be sent as unacknowledged messages. There is no designated receiver for these messages so no one is responsible for acknowledging receipt. The messages should be constructed without the message acknowledgement block so timeout processing is not activated. They should still be replicated as long as the originator has them in the outbound queue.

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    output_message needs to have additional information to determine that a group message doesn't expect to be acknowledged. Also every routine that retransmits and check for response needs to be checked to make sure the routines don't get confused with messages that are unacknowledged. The timeout and output packages need to be throughly tested.