bge Ierr rate increase from 5.3R -> 6.1R

Greg Eden greg at
Mon Dec 11 06:29:30 PST 2006


I recently updated two production servers from 5.3 to 6.1 via cvsup  
and buildworld. Since the upgrade I've seen an increase in the number  
of Input packet errors reported on the bge cards in on both boxes.  
One is a HP DL360g3, the other is a HP DL380g3. Both have a pair of  
2.8GHz Xeons with a SMP kernel.

So - was the old driver previously underreporting, is the new one  
over-reporting/causing the error rate or is it something else? Cables  
and cabling have not changed and the pickup in number of errors is  
quite distinct. I monitor the nightly 'periodic daily' phone homes  

Example from the DL380g3.

The 5.3->6.1 upgrade was on 8 November. 58,000 errors in 1 month  
compared to 2 errors in 1 year with 5.3.

Network interface status:
Name    Mtu Network       Address              Ipkts Ierrs    Opkts  
Oerrs  Coll
bge0   1500 <Link#1>      00:0f:20:f6:**:** 1344182650 58292  
2701993948     0     0
bge0   1500 192.168.**/25 **********        1344176611     -  
2701984851     -     -
bge1*  1500 <Link#2>      00:0f:20:f6:**:**        0     0         
0     0     0
lo0   16384 <Link#3>                           69549     0     
69549     0     0
lo0   16384 your-net      localhost            69549     -     
69549     -     -

A couple of weeks ago I turned off tx and rx check summing on this  
box as I gathered from googling it might be contributing. That had no  

Upon further investigation it appears six other boxes with bge ports  
(mostly HP DL360g4) running 6.1 started reporting errors when moved  
to 6.1. As they do only a small fraction of the traffic that the  
above box does I hadn't noticed it.

This box (a UP HP DL360g4) is on a completely different network,  
different switch, cabling etc. Again, prior to 6.1 it had never  
reported an error in 18 months of service.

Network interface status:
Name    Mtu Network       Address              Ipkts Ierrs    Opkts  
Oerrs  Coll
bge0   1500 <Link#1>      00:12:79:3b:**:** 781001814  1980  
1056534485     0     0
bge0   1500 192.168.***   192.168.***.***   783877018     -  
1061029115     -     -

I don't have a spare box with a bge interface to test 6.2 for the  
same behaviour, but would be interested if anyone had an explanation.

Best wishes.


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