Network startup with age Ethernet device

Lowell Gilbert freebsd-questions-local at
Wed Sep 4 15:49:49 UTC 2013

Olivier Nicole <Olivier.Nicole at> writes:

> I want to set-up a small server from an Asus P5L-MX motherboard.
> It has an onboard gigabit Ethrnet that works with the driver age. 
> Problem is that at boot, I experience the interface to go up and down a
> couple of times, and it is usually down when Apache try to start, so
> Apache would not start (nor ntpd).
> I resolved to add a 5 seconds sleep in /etc/rc.d/netif but there may be
> a more elegant way to solve that.

Have you tried using netwait? 
I think that would involve putting enable_netwait in rc.conf, and
configuring an address for it to check; probably the gateway would be
good enough.

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