Bug 426051 - NetworkManager wakes up every second even when there's no network
Summary: NetworkManager wakes up every second even when there's no network
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: NetworkManager
Version: 8
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Dan Williams
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
Depends On:
Blocks: wakeup
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2007-12-18 01:08 UTC by Chris Adams
Modified: 2018-04-11 11:07 UTC (History)
7 users (show)

Fixed In Version:
Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2009-01-09 05:32:49 UTC
Type: ---

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Description Chris Adams 2007-12-18 01:08:55 UTC
While checking my system with powertop, I see NetworkManager waking up once per
second, even where there is no network (wired or wireless) connected (the
wireless is disabled with a switch).  powertop says:

   1.4% (  1.0)    NetworkManager : tg3_open (tg3_timer)

which I guess is NM looking for a wire in the network jack?  If I plug in to the
wired network, NM still shows the same behavior.

Also, NM has wpa_supplicant running all the time (again, even when there's no
network connection at all), which is also waking up 1.5 times per second
(there's already a bug on that).  Shouldn't wpa_supplicant only run when needed?

Comment 1 Matěj Cepl 2008-03-13 00:44:00 UTC
This is probably a duplicate of bug 221773, which has a patch available.

Comment 2 Chris Adams 2008-03-13 00:51:39 UTC
Bug 221773 is private.  Can you either make it public or copy the relevant
information (such as if there is a patch why hasn't it been applied) and patch
here?  That bug would be over a year old also, so I don't know if any included
patch would still apply to current NM.

Comment 3 Dan Williams 2008-04-10 21:53:51 UTC
Probably not a dupe of bug 221773 actually, since it's NetworkManager showing up
in powertop and not the applet.

What wireless hardware do you have?  Can you run 'iwevent' and attach some logs
here?  It might be that your wireless card (ipw2200 has this issue) is sending a
continuous stream of background scan results, which causes wpa_supplicant to
wake up, which then causes NM to wake up and process the results.  Recent
kernels (2.6.23 and 2.6.24) have a patch to make ipw2200 driver quieter.

Comment 4 Chris Adams 2008-04-11 01:38:33 UTC
It is an ipw2200 (in a Thinkpad Z60m).  Does it send scan results even when the
front cut-off switch is turned off?  I am running, and with the
switch turned off, iwevent doesn't show anything happening, but I still see
NetworkManager waking up once per second.  The wakeup is listed as "tg3_open
(tg3_timer)", so maybe it is related to the ethernet port instead; does NM have
to wake up to check for link up/down?  I get the same behavior if the ethernet
is connected or not.

Comment 5 Dan Williams 2008-09-30 02:51:53 UTC
is this still an issue with the latest f8/f9 updates?  Try with svn4022 or later please.

Comment 6 Nick Lamb 2008-09-30 23:03:44 UTC
I still see this same issue with a Thinkpad Z60m

I have


and I tested after a clean restart, with the latest Fedora 9 kernel.

I doubt this issue will magically go away, if it's not a NetworkManager problem it needs to be re-assigned to the owner of the tg3 (Broadcom Tigon3) driver.

Comment 7 Chris Adams 2008-10-01 00:48:04 UTC
I checked on an up-to-date rawhide system, and I'm still seeing NM wake up in powertop, even with no network connected (wired tg3 unplugged and wireless ipw2200 switched off)

   7.1% (  1.0)    NetworkManager : __mod_timer (tg3_timer)
   2.1% (  0.3)    NetworkManager : __mod_timer (process_timeout)

Comment 8 Bug Zapper 2008-11-26 09:03:25 UTC
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Comment 9 Nick Lamb 2008-11-26 09:56:52 UTC
Reporter: Set the version to '10' to shut the robot up for another year. We've already reproduced this in Fedora 9, and no doubt it will continue in 10 since no-one is actually trying to fix it.

Maintainer: If you have no idea how to fix a bug, merely sitting there hoping it will magically resolve itself is no good. Reach out, look for other people who might be able to help you, escalate. Otherwise you ought to give this maintainer role to someone else, or mark the package as unsupported and schedule it for removal.

Consider for example, my earlier suggestion that this bug might actually be caused by the Tigon3 ethernet driver. Investigate. Is that true? The Tigon3 driver was apparently partly written by a Red Hat employee. Maybe they can be CC'd into this bug to offer an opinion. What is tg3_timer?

Comment 10 Bug Zapper 2009-01-09 05:32:49 UTC
Fedora 8 changed to end-of-life (EOL) status on 2009-01-07. Fedora 8 is 
no longer maintained, which means that it will not receive any further 
security or bug fix updates. As a result we are closing this bug.

If you can reproduce this bug against a currently maintained version of 
Fedora please feel free to reopen this bug against that version.

Thank you for reporting this bug and we are sorry it could not be fixed.

Comment 11 Matt McCutchen 2009-08-20 06:05:05 UTC
I am still seeing this with Fedora 11 on my Dell Latitude D620 when I have "Enable Networking" on and no ethernet cable connected.  The result is the same whether or not I am on a wireless network.  From the powertop output:

(  1.0)    NetworkManager : __mod_timer (tg3_timer)

$ rpm -q NetworkManager

Someone please reopen this against Fedora 11.

Comment 12 RJ 2009-10-12 13:08:14 UTC
check with my desktop (as in Comment #11) and the result is:

0,1% (  0,1)    NetworkManager : __mod_timer (nv_do_stats_poll)

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