[Nagiosplug-devel] check_http: Socket timeout after 10 second s (but webserver is up! )

Christoph Stotz stotz at logo.de
Sat Feb 8 08:00:03 UTC 2003


first of all thank you very much for trying to help. Unfortunately I found
out right know, that the problem I am experiencing is not directly caused by
the check_http plugin. The whole trouble is caused by the VLAN (802.1q)
feature I am using on the monitoring server. For those of you who do not
know what that is, you might want to have a look to the following two links.
There it's explained quite well:


The short version of the explanation is: using VLAN "tagging" you are able
to have several "virtual" ethernet devices connected by a single physical
ethernet device (of course sharing the available bandwidth). In my case this
allows me to monitor different trunks of my network directly without having
to pass by a firewall or router. The alternative to that is to mount
multiple NIC's (in my case multiple quad-NICs).

If you go and have a look to the second link I just posted in this message,
you will read

"MTU problems exist for many ethernet drivers. Other than that, things seem
fairly stable! "

Well - that is exactly what I am experiencing. The whole thing is stable,
but I am experiencing a MTU-Problem. As soon as the webserver I want to
check with check_http is located on a VLAN trunk and returning more than
1476 bytes of data to the check_http, the packet gets either malformed or
fragmented. Due to an issue with the ethernet kernel driver, those returning
fragments are not put together properly and therefore check_http times out
with a Socket error.

So, this is an issue for the VLAN mailing list rather than the
nagiosplug-devel mailing list. If you experience this problem, the VLAN
mailing list located at


might be a good point to start. By the way I am using a 3c905C-TX/TX-M
[Tornado] rev 78 NIC with the 3c59x module version LK1.1.16 (19 July 2001).

If I solve the issue, I will let you know how.

Thanks again.

Kind Regards

Christoph Stotz

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