Realtek re(4) driver
dieterbsd at gmail.com
Tue Apr 10 22:50:10 UTC 2018
Multiple people have found that FreeBSD's re(4) driver for Realtek
Ethernet chips has problems. Something like a rcp(1) with another
FreeBSD box merely runs slower due to the stalls, but if the other end
has buggy network code and/or if the transfer is forced to use UDP
(Unreliable Data Protocol) data is lost. :-(
Rumor has it that Realtek has a driver that works properly with FreeBSD.
FreeBSD's developers are apparently unable to:
a) Fix the existing FreeBSD re(4) device driver so that it works correctly.
b) Replace the existing FreeBSD re(4) device driver with Realtek's driver.
c) Make Realtek's driver into a port/pkg.
d) At least add a warning to the re(4) man page, with the URL for
Therefore every user with Realtek Ethernet chips are forced to somehow
discover that Realtek has a working driver, then somehow obtain a copy
of this mythical driver, get it to compile and build a custom kernel.
They then need to write a test suite and verify that Realtek's driver
does in fact work properly for their applications.
I am currently suffering data loss due to this. Therefore I am
attempting to obtain a copy of the mythical Realtek device driver.
I managed to find
But it does not work for me. It has a listing for
> Description Version Update Time File Size Download Site 1
> FreeBSD 7.x and 8.0 1.94 2017/9/15 93k Global
The machine with the re ports is running 10.3, hopefully the 7&8 code
will compile and work on 10. But the real problem is that clicking on
"Global" does not work. Some browsers do nothing. Firefox creates
a new window with http://www.realtek.com.tw/downloads/
which is going backwards. I was expecting something like a tar file
containing the source code.
I also tried google, and emailing a FreeBSD user that runs the Realtek
driver, but both pointed me to the above non-working URL. I'm
told that seamonkey works, but...
So my question is: could someone please tell me the URL that points
*directly* to the mythical Realtek device driver? (without
the broken javascheist garbage)
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