We have a server using an e1000e interface. When it is configured with a static
IP, the bringup of the interface fails. The output of dmesg suggests that the
initial startup of the device is being delayed just long enough for the ifconfig
command to fail.
eth0: (PCI Express:2.5GB/s:Width x1) 00:19:21:4b:cb:30
eth0: Intel(R) PRO/1000 Network Connection
eth0: MAC: 5, PHY: 6, PBA No: ffffff-0ff
ADDRCONF(NETDEV_UP): eth0: link is not ready
eth0: Link is Up 100 Mbps Full Duplex, Flow Control: None
eth0: 10/100 speed: disabling TSO
ADDRCONF(NETDEV_CHANGE): eth0: link becomes ready
Configuring using DHCP works, but isn't an option for this installation. I'm not
clear which ethtool options might help here, and in any case the ones involving
link timing cannot be set in ifcfg-eth0 using ETHTOOL_OPTS, because they aren't
part of the ethtool -s option set.
I did try hand-setting the interface speed and duplex parameters, but that
doesn't appear to matter one way or the other.
The interface config file has NM_CONTROLLED=no, so I don't think this is a
network manager issue, but I don't grok network manager, so I could be wrong.
I can insert a workaround into rc.sysinit, but it isn't clear what the
workaround would be. There are many mentions of this type of timeout error on
the web, but I haven't found any that identify a solution for this.
I have rated this "high" because there are a surprising number of e1000e servers
out there whose configuration might be impeded by this issue. Please feel free
to lower priority as appropriate.
You can delay initialization to wait for the link to come up by adding:
the the ifcfg file, where 'n' is the number of seconds to delay.
FYI, it takes up to a maximum of four seconds after adapter reset for link to come up. We have to reset the part to get it into a known state at boot and the reset brings the link down.
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