I haven't found a really clear definition about what a 'carrier error' is within the context of the ifconfig output for a interface. I have been searching on Google and there really isn't a great definition, or list of issues that cause this.
I am assuming from the context, that this means something about the Ethernet signal is bad. I suspect something about the interconnecting cable, or the network interface/port is causing this problem?
I hardly ever see this counter changing, but a client contacted me this morning and mentioned network issues. The carrier counter is increasing by about 200 each second. They had recently made some modifications to the equipment connecting to the Linux box I manage. I would like to be able to give them some more specific details about what may be causing the problem, other then saying, something you changed is broke.
eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:1b:21:f3:ea:ae inet addr:172.16.0.9 Bcast:172.16.255.255 Mask:255.255.0.0 UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1 RX packets:13386121 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0 TX packets:21255715 errors:1701 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:1031707 collisions:1313642 txqueuelen:1000 RX bytes:2467874046 (2.2 GiB) TX bytes:3820141165 (3.5 GiB)
So what is it a 'carrier error', and what are the typical problems that cause it.