RX error and overruns error on 10Gb Broadcom adaptor in Redhat Linux

Adam Flook
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Hi, we are receiving RX errors on one port to storage, we have changed the cable and the port on the switch, there are no errors on the switch only on this side.

i have read this could be due to the kernel which is 2.6 not being able to keep up.

is there a way to resolve this?

eth5      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 94:F1:28:A4:04:28
          inet addr:
          inet6 addr: fe80::96g1:28ff:fea2:428/64 Scope:Link
          RX packets:49090224 errors:171 dropped:0 overruns:171 frame:0
          TX packets:64057242 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
          RX bytes:45259514804 (42.1 GiB)  TX bytes:75797694806 (70.5 GiB)
          Interrupt:193 Memory:94000000-947fffff
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Just enable rx/tx flow control on both sides.
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You said, "kernel which is 2.6 not being able to keep up".

Many 2.6 + 3.x kernels have zero days in them.

Also, the 3.13 + 4.X TCP enhancements have fixed many problem + give substantial performance improvements.

If possible, start with an install like Ubuntu Bionic (LTS - long term service) install, which will give you this Kernel...


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Which has all zero days fixed + includes all recent TCP bug fixes + performance enhancements.

Note: You'll still have to follow Gerald's suggestion, which will likely fix your immediate problem.
Dr. KlahnPrincipal Software Engineer

I would not consider 171 errors to be excessive on a 10G adapter after moving 43 GB of data.

If the interface is locked down to 1G, I'd be willing to give good odds that the problem will go away.  Microwaves should be moved through waveguides, not over unshielded copper wires.
Adam FlookSenior Technical Services Engineer


Hi, the 171 errors were after 10 mins of run time. in terms of the RX/TX can this be enabled on a live port without downtime, the switch is a HPE 5920.

In theory, no downtime to enable flow control .
On HPE5920 (CLI), from manual:
# Enable TxRx mode generic flow control on the interface Ten-GigabitEthernet 1/0/1.
<Sysname> system-view
[Sysname] interface ten-gigabitethernet 1/0/1
[Sysname-Ten-GigabitEthernet1/0/1] flow-control

On RHEL box, use ethtool :
ethtool -A eth5 rx on
ethtool -A eth5 tx on

Be sure that you are on 10G link ( the switch support 1G !), because the flow control is supported only in duplex mode.

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