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EIGRP Error Messages

Some EIGRP error messages that occur in the log have mystified many network admin-istrators. This section discusses some of the most common EIGRP errors that appear and the meanings behind these EIGRP error messages:

  • DUAL-3-SIA—This message means that the primary route is gone and no feasible successor is available. The router has sent out the queries to its neighbor and has not heard the reply from a particular neighbor for more than three minutes. The route state is now stuck in active state. A more detailed discussion about this error is in the "Troubleshooting EIGRP Neighbor Relationships" section.

  • Neighbor not on common subnet—This message means that the router has heard a hello packet from a neighbor that is not on the same subnet as the router. A more detailed discussion about this error also can be found in the "Troubleshooting EIGRP Neighbor Relationships" section.

  • DUAL-3-BADCOUNT—Badcount means that EIGRP believes that it knows of more routes for a given network than actually exist. It's typically (not always) seen in conjunction with DUAL-3-SIAs, but it is not believed to cause any problems by itself.

  • Unequal, <route>, dndb=<metric>, query=<metric>—This message is informa-tional only. It says that the metric the router had at the time of the query does not match the metric that it had when it received the reply.

  • DUAL-3-INTERNAL: IP-EIGRP Internal Error—This message indicates that there is an EIGRP internal error. However, the router is coded to fully recover from this internal error. The EIGRP internal error is caused by software problem and should not affect the operation of the router. The plan of action is to report this error to the TAC and have the experts decode the traceback message. Have them identify the bug number and upgrade Cisco IOS Software accordingly.

  • IP-EIGRP: Callback: callbackup_routes—At some point, EIGRP attempted to install routes to the destinations and failed, most commonly because of the existence of a route with a better administrative distance. When this occurs, EIGRP registers its route as a backup route. When the better route disappears from the routing table, EIGRP is called back through callbackup_routes so that it can attempt to reinstall the routes that it is holding in the topology table.

  • Error EIGRP: DDB not configured on interface—This means that when the router's interface receives an EIGRP hello packet and the router goes to associate the packet with a DDB (DUAL descriptor block) for that interface, it does not find one that matches. This means that the router is receiving a hello packet on the interface in which doesn't have EIGRP configured.

  • Poison squashed—The router threads a topology table entry as a poison in reply to an update (the router set up for poison reverse). While the router is building the packet that contains the poison reverse, the router realizes that it doesn't need to send it. For example, if the router receives a query for that route from the neighbor, it is currently threaded to poison.

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