|Subject:||FW: gigabit ethernet, nfsroot, jumbo packets, questions, and bugs (2.6.0-test9)|
|From:||Tupshin Harper <tupshin@xxxxxxxxxxx>|
|Date:||Fri, 14 Nov 2003 13:20:07 -0800|
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I'm trying to set up a diskless testbed using gigabit ethernet, and I'm running into a few issues. First, the scenario:
One client, and one server each with an smc EZCard 1000.
Kernel 2.6.0-test9 with the sk98lin driver on both sides
Client has kernel compiled with sk98lin built in, and nfsroot and dhcp autoconfig built in.
Client is getting bootstrapped off a hard drive (for now, since etherboot doesn't support the driver yet) with grub loading the nfsroot kernel from disk, and then mounting nfsroot by adding root=/dev/nfs
What doesn't: Above scenario with Jumbo packets (MTU = 9000 or anything above 1500)
For performance reasons, I'm wanting to use large packets(the switch between the devices supports it, and jumbo packet communication works fine in the non-diskless scenario).
1) Is there a good way to set the MTU of the client via dhcp or by passing a parameter to the kernel?
2) If server is set to 9000 MTU and client is set to 1500 MTU, should complete failure ensue(e.g. nfs times out indefinitely), or should some autonegotiation take place? If there should be autonegotiation, then it isn't working.
If the server is set to 9000 MTU, ifconfig down, and ifconfig up with default MTU doesn't work. Ifconfig then claims that the card is set to 1500 MTU, but it is unable to communicate with the client until module is unloaded and reloaded, even though MTU is an ifconfig parameter and not a module parameter. I'm presuming that MTU has not actually been set back to 1500, but I don't know of an easy way to tell if that's the case when ifconfig appears to be lying to me.
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