Re: What does "Neighbour table overflow" message indicate?

From: Steve Snyder (
Date: Sat Jul 28 2001 - 21:15:11 EST

On Saturday 28 July 2001 08:57 pm, Chris Wedgwood wrote:
> On Sat, Jul 28, 2001 at 08:53:48PM -0500, Steve Snyder wrote:
> No, and no errors are shown for it either:
> # ifconfig lo
> lo Link encap:Local Loopback
> inet addr: Mask:
> RX packets:196907 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
> TX packets:196907 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
> collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
> All *seems* well. Just that 30-second period of messages and then
> silence.
> What is the machine doing? What kind of network is it attached to and
> with how many hosts on it?

It is a server for a small LAN. Interfaces: eth0=LAN, eth1=cable modem. I
believe that I was playing Quake3 (multi-player across internet) on one of
the LAN's client machines when the message were logged. No corresponding
messages are seen in the client's (another RHL v7.1 box) system log, but
then, it's not running iptables.

Further snooping shows the error msg text in file inux/net/ipv4/route.c:

    if (net_ratelimit())
        printk("Neighbour table overflow.\n");

The reference to "net_ratelimit" make me wonder if it is related to
iptables. I am using iptable, and have since kernel 2.4.1, but I've seen
these messages before. Hmmm.
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