Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 112755
(NS83820) Updated initscripts package causes kernel panic/halt when using NetGear GA621 NIC (ns83820 driver)
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:06:53 EST
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Description of problem:
The updated initscripts package from RHBA-2003:341-09 causes a kernel
panic and halt when running 'ifup eth0'.
It doesn't matter if I bring the interface up manually after boot or
configure it to come up on boot - it causes the panic/halt every time.
The network card is a NetGear GA621 Gigabit fiber card, using the
If I leave all other packages updated (including ethtool, which is
also included in RHBA-2003:341-09) and revert to
initscripts-6.47.2-1.1, the problem goes away.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. boot the box with the updated initscripts package
2. bring the interface up with 'ifup eth0' -OR- configure the
interface to come up automatically on boot.
What happens if you comment out the call to ethtool in /sbin/ifup?
Works great, less filling. ;-) ethtool was called/evaluated in three
places, I commented them out. Oddly enough, if run ifdown I must
unload the module before running ifup again. Or rather, ifup runs and
the interface appears to be up, but I have no connectivity. I don't
know if this is because of the fiber interface or not, but it seemed
odd to me.
BTW - this server isn't in production yet, so if any official errata
RPM is forthcoming, it doesn't need to be right away - at least not
Happy New Year!
Assinging to kernel, appears to be a driver bug.
I am not sure I understand the response to Bill... did commenting out
the calls to ethtool in 'ifup' fix the problem?
Yes, commenting out the calls to ethtool in 'ifup' fixed the problem.
Sorry if this wasn't clear from my previous comment. I haven't tried
ifup with ethtool enabled using the recently released 2.4.9-e.35
kernel, but I can if you like. (I was using 2.4.9-e.34 when I
reported the problem.)
Please retry with the new set of U1 errata which is being released
Do you mean U3 errata? The box is running RHEL ES v2.1, not v3 and
IIRC, update-2 for v2.1 has been out for some time. BTW - I am
experiencing problems running vmware-gsx server on this box when using
the GA621/ns83820 card/driver, but if I install a somewhat older GA620
card (using the acenic driver) the problem goes away. Let me know if
details will help.
Still experiencing the same problem with a clean install of U3 (with
or without errata updates installed).
To be honest there is nothing at all suspicious or buggy in
the ns83820 ethtool ioctl handling, in fact it is quite simple
code only handling two ethtool commands.
Can you get an OOPS log from when the bug triggers and attach
it to this report?
This bug is filed against RHEL2.1, which is in maintenance phase.
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critical bug fixes will be released for enterprise products. Since
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