[ cc-ed to netdev; the discussion was about receiving bursts of ICMP Time
Exceeded messages after some large NFS datagrams could not be reassembled;
sometimes down/up the interface on the receiver/reassembly side cures it ]
On 23 Apr 2002, Trond Myklebust wrote:
> > How big are the datagrams compared with the MTU ? With 32K
> > datagrams over Ethernet, you're talking about roughly a full Rx
> > ring worth of packets (32 is common for the Rx ring size)...
> It has been a while ago (I've since mothballed the machine) but I saw
> it on a Pentium 90 with only 8k write sizes. 4k was fine, 8k gave
IMHO you can't comletely eliminate hardware related problems: apart from
having a slow CPU, some early PCI implementations were buggy (although you
don't say if it's PCI or ISA and what's the link speed).
> > Does the other side sees these messages ?
> IIRC, yes, and the server was resending the datagrams. From the code,
> it looks as if there is no attempt to stop loopback situations
> occurring when this goes on:
> i.e. resending an ICMP when the server resends a datagram which times
> out again appears to be possible. This might be what was happening...
That's why I cc-ed netdev. My knowledge above the driver level is close to
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