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Re: port-amd64/47782 - ifconfig SIOCSIFMEDIA error with bge
On May 1, 2013, at 7:51 PM, Masanobu SAITOH wrote:
> (2013/05/02 2:47), Stephen M. Jones wrote:
>> Just a quick follow up to port-amd64/47782
>> I did a fresh install on several SuperMicro amd64 servers with bge ethernet
>> interfaces and configured both bge's in an acceptable fashion. I then clean
>> booted the servers 865 times to gather some stats.
>> Background: I'm using NetBSD ukato 6.0.1 NetBSD 6.0.1 (GENERIC) amd64. I
>> was using a custom kernel with bge/brgphy, but thought for this test using
>> generic would be best.
>> media autoselect
>> 126.96.36.199 netmask 0xffffff00 media autoselect
>> media autoselect
>> 10.0.0.7 netmask 0xffffff00 media autoselect
>> bge1 always had its interface successfully configured. However, bge0
>> failed with an ifconfig: SIOCSIFMEDIA: Invalid argument 343 times, but was
>> successful 522 times (total of 865 clean boots).
>> For media and mediaopts I did implicitly set those, but still ran into issues
>> with bge0 failing iwth a SIOCSIFMEDIA. When the interface is in this state,
>> you cannot even do a simple ifconfig bge0 188.8.131.52 to bring the interface
>> up even by doing a ksh /etc/rc.d/network stop first. I believe that this
>> is likely a serious bug. Originally I thought that this may be an autoneg
>> issue with the switch, but simple ifconfigs are failing without a reboot.
>> However, if I'm overlooking something that has changed between NetBSD 4.0.1
>> and 6.x, please feel free to stick my nose in it.
> Could you show me the full dmesg of the machine with BGE_DEBUG option?
Masa has clarified this as an issue specific the IPMI for the onboard devices
H8SSL (SuperMicro) and likely other boards. I saw this behavior in 5.x testing
but it looks like it has been addressed in -current. Running 6.99.19 on the
showed the bge driver to be robust. If possible, it would be great to have the
bge code, if it is not too extensive of a change, in the pending release of
Thank you for your clarification and help with this issue.
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