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Bug#583139: linux-2.6: no DHCP offers on r8169

On Tue, 2010-06-15 at 08:07 +0200, Alexandre Rossi wrote:
> > Please report the net device statistics (from '/proc/net/dev') and the
> > PCI ID for this device (run 'lspci -nn -d 10ec:').
> Attached are the current /proc/net/dev stats for the device, I'll
> resend those when the bug triggers (I assume you want to see if there
> are drop packets).
> $ lspci -nn -d 10ec:
> 01:02.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd.
> RTL-8139/8139C/8139C+ [10ec:8139] (rev 10)
> 01:04.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd.
> RTL-8110SC/8169SC Gigabit Ethernet [10ec:8167] (rev 10)
> (eth0, which triggers the bug, is the second one)

In version 2.6.26-21 I updated the initialisation code for this specific
variant of the RTL8169, which was supposed to fix a bug (I'm not sure
exactly what that was).  However, it has now been found that there is
another bug in the driver that can cause this initialisation code to
fail.  This seems to explain the unreliability you are seeing.

I will apply the fix that has been accepted for the latest Linux


Ben Hutchings
Once a job is fouled up, anything done to improve it makes it worse.

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