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Date:      Wed, 04 Sep 2013 17:33:24 +0700
From:      Olivier Nicole <Olivier.Nicole@cs.ait.ac.th>
To:        questions@freebsd.org
Subject:   Network startup with age Ethernet device
Message-ID:  <wu7ob88naff.fsf@banyan.cs.ait.ac.th>

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Hi,

I want to set-up a small server from an Asus P5L-MX motherboard.

It has an onboard gigabit Ethrnet that works with the driver age. 

Problem is that at boot, I experience the interface to go up and down a
couple of times, and it is usually down when Apache try to start, so
Apache would not start (nor ntpd).

I resolved to add a 5 seconds sleep in /etc/rc.d/netif but there may be
a more elegant way to solve that.

Help is welcome.

Thanks in advance,

Olivier

In the extract of /var/log/message below you can see 6 seconds delay
between the ifconfig and the interface finally up and running. By that
time ntpd and apache have failed starting.

Sep  4 16:36:58 door kernel: Starting Network: lo0 age0 plip0.
Sep  4 16:36:58 door kernel: lo0: flags=8049<UP,LOOPBACK,RUNNING,MULTICAST> met\
ric 0 mtu 16384
Sep  4 16:36:58 door kernel: options=600003<RXCSUM,TXCSUM,RXCSUM_IPV6,TXCSUM_IP\
V6>
Sep  4 16:36:58 door kernel: inet6 ::1 prefixlen 128
Sep  4 16:36:58 door kernel: inet6 fe80::1%lo0 prefixlen 64 scopeid 0x8
Sep  4 16:36:58 door kernel: inet 127.0.0.1 netmask 0xff000000
Sep  4 16:36:58 door kernel: nd6 options=21<PERFORMNUD,AUTO_LINKLOCAL>
Sep  4 16:36:58 door kernel: age0: flags=8843<UP,BROADCAST,RUNNING,SIMPLEX,MULT\
ICAST> metric 0 mtu 1500
Sep  4 16:36:58 door kernel: options=c319b<RXCSUM,TXCSUM,VLAN_MTU,VLAN_HWTAGGIN\
G,VLAN_HWCSUM,TSO4,WOL_MCAST,WOL_MAGIC,VLAN_HWTSO,LINKSTATE>
[...]
Sep  4 16:37:00 door kernel: age0: link state changed to UP
Sep  4 16:37:00 door kernel: age0: link state changed to UP
Sep  4 16:37:01 door kernel: age0: link state changed to DOWN
Sep  4 16:37:01 door kernel: age0: link state changed to DOWN
[...]
Sep  4 16:37:04 door kernel: age0: link state changed to UP
Sep  4 16:37:04 door kernel: age0: link state changed to UP

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