Why does the be2net driver show "rx_address_mismatch_drops"?

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Issue

  • In certain versions of the be2net driver, errors are shown on interfaces when viewing the output of:
# ifconfig
  • Further exploration shows all of these errors appear under the "rx_address_mismatch_drops" counter when using this command (where eth* is the interface in question):
# ethtool -S eth* | grep rx_address_mismatch_drops
     rx_address"mismatch_drops: 55325

Environment

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6

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