E450 / Solaris 2.7 network problems

E450 / Solaris 2.7 network problems

Post by Andrew Tyso » Tue, 30 Sep 2003 13:26:58


Recently (in the last week or so) an unusual network issue has affected an
E450 at my work.
The machine is running Solaris 2.7, and has been patched with the latest
recommended patches
from Sun (the kernel patch level 106541-27). The E450 is connected to our
LAN via a Cisco
Catalyst 2900 switch.

When trying to establish TCP connections to the E450 (e.g. xterm session
over X) the E450
takes over a minute to respond. Once the initial connection is established
response times are
fine (i.e. instantaneous).

I would initially thought that this was a network/switch issue, however our
E3500 on the same LAN
is fine.

The following is a ping of a PC on the LAN;

$ping -s
PING 56 data bytes
64 bytes from icmp_seq=0. time=0. ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=1. time=95012. ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=2. time=94012. ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=95. time=1013. ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=96. time=13. ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=97. time=0. ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=98. time=0. ms
---- PING Statistics----
112 packets transmitted, 112 packets received, 0% packet loss
round-trip (ms)  min/avg/max = 0/40724/95012

It looks as if packets are being cached in the IP stack. When I run ethereal
concurrently with the
above ping I can see the ICMP packets being sent to the remote machine, and
the received
responses in acceptable time (i.e. not 1.5 mins after the request :)

The E450 is connected via its base HME. Here is the ifconfig dump;

$/usr/sbin/ifconfig -a
lo0: flags=849<UP,LOOPBACK,RUNNING,MULTICAST> mtu 8232
        inet netmask ff000000
        inet netmask ffffff00 broadcast

The E450 is single-homed, and has all of the correct files in order ( e.g.
/etc/defaultrouter, /etc/nsswitch.conf,
/etc/resolv.conf ...etc).

To add to the confusion the E3500 appears to be able to establish
connections to the E450 with
no problems. No known changes have been made to the network, or the E450
(with the exception
of the patch upgrade which was in resonse to this problem).

I would appreciate any pointers that anyone might have.

Thanks and regards,


1. Solaris 2.7 on E450 sun box problem

  I get the following message:

 Escape character is '^]'.
 Local flow control off
 ld.so.1: in.telnetd: fatal: libsocket.so.1: open failed: No such file
or directory
 Connection closed by foreign host.

 I am confused. I get that when I try to telnet in or open an X-term via
exceed. I cnnot boot into single user I cannot log through the console

 Any help will be appreciated.


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