FreeBSD 6 vs 8.1
marktinguely at gmail.com
Fri Mar 18 12:51:41 UTC 2011
On 3/18/2011 3:35 AM, Mats Lindberg wrote:
> So - after a while I've made some observations.
> My problem is actually connected to arp.
> My config is very static so basically I want to turn off arp requests.
> Somewhere in the startup scripts I did
> > sysctl -w net.link.ether.inet.max_age=2147483647 (max accepted value)
> Which on freebsd-6.x worked fine.
> In freebsd-8.1 this makes the kernel arp functionality go bezerk -
> probably an integer overflow somewhere.
> arp requests were sent countinously from my freebsd-8.1 node to
> others, flooding the network.
> I tried to lower this value and found that 500000000s works fine
> 1000000000s does not. 500000000s is OK to me so I won't try to narrow
> it down more.
> The reason I was suspecting swapping problems was that after a while
> with the flooding going on I got a kernel panic saying 'page fault',
> which I would guess is a another bug, but, with a sensible setting on
> the arp timeout the kernel panic does not show itself any longer.
> I've googled for my arp-setting problem but not found anything on it.
> So - maybe I'm the first to see this.
> Should I enter a bug report somewhere?
> I guess this forum is not the place.
Did your HZ (timer interrupts per second) increase from 100 on FreeBSD-6
to 1000 on FreeBSD-8.1? This must be a 32 bit computer / OS because that
variable is multiplied to hz:
canceled = callout_reset(&la->la_timer,
hz * V_arpt_keep, arptimer, la);
#define callout_reset(c, on_tick, fn, arg) \
callout_reset_on((c), (on_tick), (fn), (arg), (c)->c_cpu)
int callout_reset_on(struct callout *, int , void (*ftn)(void *), void
I would guess that you are wrapping with 32 bit arithmetic to a small
value. Both the hz==100 and hz==1000 will wrap to about the same number
(a negative number). I did not look at the FreeBSD 6.x callout, but I
think in the FreeBSD 8 callout, negative on_tick will be immediately
called on the next tick..
A page fault panic is a kernel access to a non-mapped VA (a bad
pointer). The panic message would have the VA and instruction address
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