Bug#2083: machine hangs when ftping large file
>The network card is an Intel Etherexpress 16.
This is the problem right here.
The Intel driver, when confronted with a large file being transferred
over a local subnet on a fast (P5) system, will spool a zillion
messages to your syslog (as the errors mount) and then fall over.
I have verified this with both Slackware and Debian.
Solution: Get a new Ethernet card, or a slower machine. Something
like the BOCA BocaLan PCI with the AMD Lance is nice.
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