Funky arp problem

Mike Lovell mike at
Fri Mar 13 17:20:16 MDT 2009

Mike Lovell wrote:
> I have several Supermicro servers. Over the past about 2 months, a few 
> of them have started being stupid when it comes to networking. On 
> these servers, I reinstalled the OS (debian etch and *gasp* windows) 
> and, afterwards, the box stops responding to arp requests. If I try to 
> ping the server, I get a no route to host error. The arp tables show 
> an incomplete for the ip address of the box. Funny thing is that if I 
> then get to a console for the box and just generate any kind of 
> network traffic, things then work. Any ideas on this? (and I don't 
> really consider a cron to wget google every minute a solution). It has 
> happened on a few different models of servers and across Linux and 
> Windows. Thanks
> Mike
As a bit more information, it appears that all of the machines are 
running Intel 82563EB based network adapters.

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