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Hi all,

I have been struggling with this not easily reproducible issue since a
while. I am using linux kernel v3.1.0, and sometimes routing to a few IP
addresses does not work. What seems to happen is that instead of sending
the packet to the gateway, the kernel treats the destination address as
local, and tries to gets its MAC address via ARP.

For example, now my current IP address is 172.16.1.104/24, the gateway
is 172.16.1.254:

|# ifconfig eth0 eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:1B:63:97:FC:DC
inet addr:172.16.1.104 Bcast:172.16.1.255 Mask:255.255.255.0
UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
RX packets:230772 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:171013 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
RX bytes:191879370 (182.9 Mb) TX bytes:47173253 (44.9 Mb)
Interrupt:17

# route -n
Kernel IP routing table
Destination Gateway Genmask Flags Metric Ref Use Iface
0.0.0.0 172.16.1.254 0.0.0.0 UG 0 0 0 eth0
172.16.1.0 0.0.0.0 255.255.255.0 U 1 0 0 eth0
|

I can ping a few addresses, but not 172.16.0.59:

|# ping -c1 172.16.1.254
PING 172.16.1.254 (172.16.1.254) 56(84) bytes of data.
64 bytes from 172.16.1.254: icmp_seq=1 ttl=64 time=0.383 ms

--- 172.16.1.254 ping statistics ---
1 packets transmitted, 1 received, 0% packet loss, time 0ms
rtt min/avg/max/mdev = 0.383/0.383/0.383/0.000 ms
root@pozsybook:~# ping -c1 172.16.0.1
PING 172.16.0.1 (172.16.0.1) 56(84) bytes of data.
64 bytes from 172.16.0.1: icmp_seq=1 ttl=63 time=5.54 ms
--- 172.16.0.1 ping statistics ---
1 packets transmitted, 1 received, 0% packet loss, time 0ms
rtt min/avg/max/mdev = 5.545/5.545/5.545/0.000 ms
root@pozsybook:~# ping -c1 172.16.0.2
PING 172.16.0.2 (172.16.0.2) 56(84) bytes of data.
64 bytes from 172.16.0.2: icmp_seq=1 ttl=62 time=7.92 ms
--- 172.16.0.2 ping statistics ---
1 packets transmitted, 1 received, 0% packet loss, time 0ms
rtt min/avg/max/mdev = 7.925/7.925/7.925/0.000 ms
root@pozsybook:~# ping -c1 172.16.0.59
PING 172.16.0.59 (172.16.0.59) 56(84) bytes of data.
From 172.16.1.104 icmp_seq=1 Destination Host Unreachable
--- 172.16.0.59 ping statistics ---
1 packets transmitted, 0 received, +1 errors, 100% packet loss, time 0ms

When trying to ping 172.16.0.59, I can see in tcpdump that an ARP req
was sent:

|# tcpdump -n -i eth0|grep ARP
tcpdump: verbose output suppressed, use -v or -vv for full protocol decode
listening on eth0, link-type EN10MB (Ethernet), capture size 96 bytes
15:25:16.671217 ARP, Request who-has 172.16.0.59 tell 172.16.1.104, length 28
|

and /proc/net/arp has an incomplete entry for 172.16.0.59:

|# grep 172.16.0.59 /proc/net/arp

172.16.0.59 0x1 0x0 00:00:00:00:00:00 * eth0
|

Please note, that 172.16.0.59 /is/ accessible from this LAN from other
computers.


Does anyone have any idea of what's going on? Thanks,


Balazs Pozsar

ps: I think it is related to this one: https://lkml.org/lkml/2011/11/16/292



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