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Problem with e100.c and packets >mtu in 2.6.4

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Subject: Problem with e100.c and packets >mtu in 2.6.4
From: Sven-Haegar Koch <haegar@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 15 Mar 2004 00:51:05 +0100 (CET)
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After a while, I decided to try a kernel 2.6 on my laptop again (after
unsatisfying results with 2.6.1). 2.6.4 works, only one problem is left.

I have got the following onboard ethernet adaptor in my laptop:

02:08.0 Ethernet controller: Intel Corp. 82801BA/BAM/CA/CAM Ethernet
Controller (rev 03)

One special thing about my setup may be that I'm using a mtu of only 1442,
because this way I don't have to reconfigure it every time I'm moving it
into a location with broken PMTU and some vpn tunnels. But in most
locations, the other hosts (including the gateway) use a standard mtu of
1500 on the ethernet, only my laptop is sending smaller packets.

This has till now never been a problem, I'm just sending smaller packets
and receiving the bigger ones.

But the e100 in kernel 2.6.4 just drops these packets, eepro100 and
orinoco_cs accept them just fine, as does my last kernel 2.4.23.

Reverting a part of|src/|src/drivers|src/drivers/net|hist/drivers/net/e100.c
of e100.c with the following patch fixes it:

--- linux-2.6.4/drivers/net/e100.c-2.6.4        2004-03-13 03:37:06.000000000 
+++ linux-2.6.4/drivers/net/e100.c      2004-03-13 03:38:53.000000000 +0100
@@ -1436,11 +1436,6 @@
                /* Don't indicate if hardware indicates errors */
-       } else if(actual_size > nic->netdev->mtu + VLAN_ETH_HLEN) {
-               /* Don't indicate oversized frames */
-               nic->net_stats.rx_over_errors++;
-               nic->net_stats.rx_dropped++;
-               dev_kfree_skb_any(skb);
        } else {
                nic->net_stats.rx_bytes += actual_size;

What is the reason behind this check? Could it be removed from the
official sources again?



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