Since updating to Roswell2, booting the machine with no cable connected to
the Ethernet interface prevents it from booting. dhcpcd seems to have an
insanely long timeout.
Roswell1 would notice that there was no link and behave correctly.
I'm told that this was changed because some network drivers were broken and
were not reporting a link when in fact there was one. Wouldn't it be
possible to use ethtool or mii-tool on interfaces which support it to
determine whether there's a link or not?
Not really, as it isn't really reliable enough (if you use the version of
mii-tool that uses the wrong ioctl, you can't trust it; if you use the version
of mii-tool that uses the *right* ioctl, it doesn't always work right.)
The right ioctl just got fixed so the kernel actually bothers to copy the
results back to userspace, which it wasn't doing before. #53050 should be
closed, but I think it's waiting for an 'official' build of the fixed kernel
With that fixed, are there any drivers that support the MII ioctls but return
crap? If so, they should probably just have their support for those ioctls removed.
Otherwise, is it at least possible to lower the timeout on dhcpcd to a more
useful value? I'm not sure what it is at the moment - but it far exceeds the
level of my patience. After leaving the laptop for a few minutes, I hit SysRq-K,
logged in and removed eth0 from modules.conf, and rebooted it.
This is fixed, has been for a while.