Bug 198751 - 2.4.21-20.EL proc/net/dev reports empty lines with net-snmp
2.4.21-20.EL proc/net/dev reports empty lines with net-snmp
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3
Classification: Red Hat
Component: kernel (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Red Hat Kernel Manager
Brian Brock
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Reported: 2006-07-13 05:30 EDT by Jose Plans
Modified: 2007-11-30 17:07 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2006-12-18 18:41:53 EST
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Description Jose Plans 2006-07-13 05:30:07 EDT
Description of problem:

Using net-snmp, a customer noticed that sometimes /proc/net/dev reports an empty
line. the reports show :

     snmpd[26834]: /proc/net/dev data format error, line ==|0| 

Reading in the code of net-snmp, this part of the code just reads /proc/net/dev,
and if an empty line is found then pass to the next line. Is this a known race
condition ?

This is using 2.4.21-20.

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How reproducible:
Not always.

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Set monitoring with net-snmp
2. See the error lines appearing.
Actual results:

We see net-snmp reporting empty lines.

snmpd[26834]: /proc/net/dev data format error, line ==|0|

Expected results:

No empty lines.

Additional info:

This seems not to be harmful since the net-snmp project decided to workaround
the issue with a test on empty lines within the code.

-- agent/mibgroup/mibII/interfaces.c --
        if (!*ifstart || ((stats = strrchr(ifstart, ':')) == NULL)) {
                     "/proc/net/dev data format error, line ==|%s|", line);
-- agent/mibgroup/mibII/interfaces.c --
Comment 1 Ernie Petrides 2006-07-17 18:42:15 EDT
RHEL3 is now closed.
Comment 4 RHEL Product and Program Management 2006-12-18 18:41:53 EST
Product Management has reviewed and declined this request.  You may appeal this
decision by reopening this request. 

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