Info about link failure detection

Donald Becker becker at
Fri Jan 31 12:25:47 PST 2003

On Fri, 31 Jan 2003, john152 at wrote:

> i'd like to have a mechanism able to detect instantaneously a link
> failure between two computers each with an ethernet card and with
> Linux software. 

Instantaneously?  Depending on your definition, that's not possible.
Some hardware provides a quick notification that link beat has been
lost, for media types that have link beat.

> Is there a software that do so?

Yes, in part.  I've implemented this in most common drivers:

mii-diag --watch eth0
mii-diag --status eth0

> If threre is a software, where does it bring the failure information
> from?

Polling an ioctl() on the device.
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Donald Becker				becker at
Scyld Computing Corporation
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