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Date:	Mon, 03 Feb 2014 14:06:55 -0800
From:	Ben Greear <>
To:	netdev <>
Subject: Re: IPv6 FIB related crash with MACVLANs in 3.9.11+ kernel.

On 02/03/2014 02:03 PM, Hannes Frederic Sowa wrote:
> Hi Ben,
> On Mon, Feb 03, 2014 at 12:37:52PM -0800, Ben Greear wrote:
>> The kernel has some additional patches, but not much to IPv6.
>> The bug is that when we have lots of mac-vlans on some ixgbe ports
>> (500 per interface in this case), and boot up the system with the ports unplugged,
>> we get this crash almost every time.  Boot-up is going to do normal bootup
>> stuff plus create and configure the 1000 mac-vlans, dump their routing
>> tables, etc.
>> We are using one routing table per network device, and some
>> ip rules.
>> If we plug in the ixgbe ports, we do not ever see a crash.
>> We have not yet tried reproducing it on other drivers, but I suspect
>> the issue is not related to ixgbe.
>> Any ideas on this one?
> Could you bring the machine to a panic again with enabling RT6_DEBUG at the
> top of ip6_fib.c and send a dump of the trace?

Yes, but it will be a bit until we can create a duplicate machine.
We ended up delivering the machine with a note to make sure the
interfaces were plugged in (we found the bug hours before shipping
the system, of course).


Ben Greear <>
Candela Technologies Inc

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