Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 235737
Forcedeth module causes bmc access to fail while machine is off
Last modified: 2014-06-29 18:58:28 EDT
Description of problem:
loose ipmi access when machine is powered off.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable): Rhel5 Server x86_64
Steps to Reproduce:
1. power down machine with forcedeth .56 driver
2. ping ipmi ip of target machine
3. ping will fail when machine is shut down. (ipmitool accesability is gone too)
you cannot do "ipmitool -H 10.0.0.1 chassis power on"
should ping. should be accessible with ipmitool
Using forcedeth v .59 or v.60 resolves the issue.
From the upstream forcedeth.c for v.60
* 0.59: 31 May 2006: Added support for sideband management unit.
This change allowed ping and regular access to the BMC while the machine is
This problem should be fixed with the update of the forcedeth driver
(to version 0.60) made during RHEL5.1, which is currently in beta.
Don, this is the relevant patch tracking file:
This is true -- in fact I'm quite sure I saw an almost identical report where
the update to the forcedeth driver for 5.1 resolved this.
Feel free to test kernels from
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