Messages "out of order segment" in /var/log/messages

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Environment

Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10
Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10
Novell Open Enterprise Server (Linux based)

Situation

Messages similar to the following are received in /var/log/messages:
May 6 10:41:31 server kernel: out of order segment: rcv_next 1BDA7022 seq 1BDA75CA - 1BDA7600
May 6 10:41:31 server kernel: ofo requeuing : rcv_next 1BDA75CA seq 1BDA75CA - 1BDA7600

Resolution

These messages can generally be ignored. They are debugging messages from the IPv4 TCP/IP stack that indicate a data segment was received out of order (based on sequence number), and that it is re-queued for later processing because of this.

If these messages are seen frequently, they may indicate a problem at the network (relating to latency or to the architecture network) and should be evaluated by a network administrator.

Additional Information

To prevent the system message file from being overloaded with the out-of-order messages the following instructions will filter the messages from /var/log/messages and write them to a separate file
e.g. called /var/log/kernel_out-of-order.


1. Open file /etc/syslog-ng/syslog.conf.in
in any text editor
    Search the line starting with "filter f_messages" and append text "
and not filter(f_outoforder);"to the existing statement.
    e.g.:
   
    ######################################################
    # Filter out-of-order messages
    filter f_messages   { not facility(news, mail) and not filter(f_iptables) and not filter(f_outoforder); };
    # original: filter f_messages   { not facility(news, mail) and not filter(f_iptables); };
    ######################################################


2.  Insert the following new filter:

    ######################################################
    # out-of-order messages will be written to /var/log/kernel_out-of-order
   
    filter f_outoforder  { facility(kern) and match("rcv_next"); };
    destination kernel_rcv { file("/var/log/kernel_out-of-order"); };
    log { source(src); filter(f_outoforder); destination(kernel_rcv); };
   
    # end out-of-order messages
    ######################################################

3. Save your changes and activate the new filter with the following command: SuSEconfig --verbose --module syslog-ng.

4. Restart the syslog daemon by entering rcsyslog restart.



To rotate and archive the new message files open file /etc/logrotate.d/syslog in any text editor.
Search for "/var/log/messages" and append "/var/log/kernel_out-of-order" to the statement.
   
    The line could be changed like this:

    # Let  /var/log/kernel_out-of-order rotate and archive too...
    /var/log/warn /var/log/messages /var/log/allmessages /var/log/localmessages /var/log/firewall /var/log/nailslogd.log /var/log/nailsd.log /var/log/kernel_out-of-order {
    # original:  /var/log/warn /var/log/messages /var/log/allmessages /var/log/localmessages /var/log/firewall /var/log/nailslogd.log /var/log/nailsd.log {
    #

The file /var/log/kernel_out-of-orderwillbe rotated and archived next time logrotate will run.

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  • Document ID:7000074
  • Creation Date: 14-Apr-2008
  • Modified Date:03-Mar-2020
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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