Re: sendfile() broken with 2.6.26 + Apache 2 ?

From: Ian Jeffray
Date: Wed Jul 16 2008 - 03:30:35 EST

Hi Eric,

Thanks for directing me to a better list.

Further responses below:

Eric Dumazet wrote:
CC to netdev where this report might find better answers

Ian Jeffray a écrit :

I moved from kernel to 2.6.26 yesterday and observed that
large files sent via Apache2 are partially corrupt.

This appears to be linked to sendfile() -- disabling the use of
sendfile in the apache config (EnableSendfile Off) allows it to
function as normal.

My system is a simple Core2Duo running Debian lenny/sid; nothing
special, and I have never observed problems like this before.

The problem feels certainly related to sendfile() since the data
reads correctly from disc in other programs, and via CIFS etc.

The corruption happens part-way in to the file... I've no exact
figure but it would seem like maybe 32KB -- I'm seeing broken
PNGs served from Apache, where the top few dozen lines decode
correctly, and the rest is garbage.

I've made basically no configuration changes between and
2.6.26 and have explicitly tried both enabling and disabling the
new PAT support to no effect.

This is completely repeatable and reproducible.

Is anyone else seeing this broken behaviour?

What kind of network adapter are you using ? (lspci | grep -i ether)

02:00.0 Ethernet controller: Attansic Technology Corp. L1 Gigabit Ethernet Adapter (rev b0)

If you disable TCP segmentation offload on this NIC (ethtool -K eth0 tso off) , is this problem still present ?

Wow. That 'solves' the problem! Great.

Does this therefore point to an attansic driver issue?


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