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SubjectRe: 2.5.60-mm2
Quoting Bill Davidsen <>:

> On Sun, 16 Feb 2003, I wrote:
> > > I've got NFS problems with 2.5.5x - 60-bk3, too, but here I can
> workaround
> > > them by simply pinging the NFS-server every second... Funny, but it
> works!
> > > Perhaps this can help finding the real bug?!
> [ let's try this again, not typing in a moving car ]
> > I was looking for network issues when I started timing pings, and didn't
> > see any. I thought it was bad timing, like not raining when you have a
> > coat, but maybe I was curing it.
> Since it's possible that pings will actually change the problem rather
> than measure it, I'll tcpdump for a while and see if that tells me
> anything. I suspected network problems, since tcp has priority over udp in
> some places.
> I looked at the code last night, but I don't see anything explaining a
> ping making things better. Something getting flushed?

I'm sorry, I don't exactly know what you want me to do... I'm not involved in
the linux net code and I did not even try to understand it yet...

I just have a small environment with a FreeBSD 4.6 box using my Linux box as a
NFS file server. This worked fine with my 2.4 kernel but with the 2.5.x test
kernels I've got the problem the FreeBSD box says 'NFS server not responding'
until I do simple pings (ICMP echo request, ICMP echo respond) to the linux box
(the NFS server)...

Letting the ping run all the time NFS works so stable I even can do lots of
compilations over it without any problems.

So I don't have any answer WHY this helps, but it does... Perhaps it really is
just a timing issue, I just don't know... If you can tell me what to measure and
which values would be interesting I'll do these tests and send you the

Thomas Schlichter
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