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Bug#435474: Package: qa - Suggest to upgrade severity of Sky2 module problem

Package: qa


First of all thank you for all the work that you and others do on the
Debian project.

I'd suggest to upgrade the problem with the sky2 module to "severe"
because at least in my case it makes Debian Etch unusable as a Server
with the Sky2 module.


Linux rocktunes 2.6.18-4-686 #1 SMP Wed May 9 23:03:12 UTC 2007 i686

Latest etch with all upgrades.

rocktunes:/var/log/apache2# lspci -v -s 3:0
03:00.0 Ethernet controller: Marvell Technology Group Ltd. 88E8053 PCI-E
Gigabit Ethernet Controller (rev 22)
       Subsystem: Giga-byte Technology Marvell 88E8053 Gigabit Ethernet
Controller (Gigabyte)
       Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 50
       Memory at f1000000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16K]
       I/O ports at 9000 [size=256]
       [virtual] Expansion ROM at 80000000 [disabled] [size=128K]
       Capabilities: [48] Power Management version 2
       Capabilities: [50] Vital Product Data
       Capabilities: [5c] Message Signalled Interrupts: Mask- 64bit+
Queue=0/1 Enable+
       Capabilities: [e0] Express Legacy Endpoint IRQ 0
       Capabilities: [100] Advanced Error Reporting

After doing some research I found that the sky2 module is already known
to be broken (http://www.debian.org/releases/stable/debian-installer/) -
but this page suggests that this only affects the installation and not a
running system.

But in the case of our server all seemed to run fine for months but
since three weeks or so every now and then all network traffic stops -
without any apparant reason - and it's not fixed by itself.

Jul 24 14:33:20 rocktunes kernel: NETDEV WATCHDOG: eth0: transmit timed out
Jul 24 14:33:20 rocktunes kernel: sky2 status report lost?
Jul 24 14:40:15 rocktunes kernel: NETDEV WATCHDOG: eth0: transmit timed out
Jul 24 14:40:15 rocktunes kernel: sky2 hardware hung? flushing

At first I thought of some other problem - switch, cable, whatever. But
I never thought that such a severe bug would be unresolved in a stable
etch release. So I strongly suggest to remove the sky2 driver at all -
it even seems that there are several other issues with that module in
later kernels and this makes a Debian GNU/Linux server with NICs using
sky2 unusable.

Best greetings,

Kajetan Hinner

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