ethernet Interface haywire ???

Danial Thom danial_thom at
Wed Feb 15 16:33:29 PST 2006

I've seen it happen when the ethernet device gets
a bus error and throws it into some strange
state. I've seen it mostly with on-board intel
devices (fxp), but thats what we use mostly so it
may not be part specific.


--- brent <brent at> wrote:

> Has anyone run into this scenario where a BSD
> Box (RELENG_5_4) takes down
> the whole subnet for only FreeBSD boxes.
> Here’s the scenario: One of my
> web servers goes into a crazy state which kills
> all traffic on the network
> for only FreeBSD boxes.  Linux boxes can talk
> to other linux boxes, but
> FreeBSD boxes are dead. You can ping a FreeBSD
> box (from linux) but services
> such as SSH go half-way and never completely
> connect. Other services such as
> http don’t work either.  Rebooting that
> offending box fixes the problem.
> I’ve seen this once it a great moon; however,
> it recently happened two
> days in a row. Any suggestions would be
> appreciated.  I have other
> RELENG_5_4 and RELENG_6_0 boxes that don’t
> seem to be the culprit, as well
> as an identical hardware box running
> RELENG_6_0. Thanks.
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