Any change made with the ethtool program does not persist across reboots or network module (driver) reloads by default. Follow the steps given below to add the changes in such a way that they apply automatically at boot. Before setting the persistent options for ethtool, make sure you have the latest version of the package 'initscripts'.

# yum update initscripts


Note: We have assumed that the NetworkManager is off when you apply the steps given below.


1. Set the ETHTOOL_OPTS parameter in the interface’s ifcfg file found in the /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ directory. The network service scripts will run the ethtool program every time the interface is brought up. ethtool can be invoked multiple times by separating the values with a semicolon:


For example, the command :

# ethtool -s eth0 speed 100 duplex full autoneg off


will set the eth0 device to 100Mbs, full duplex, with the auto-negotiation off. To have the initialization scripts set this every time the eth0 device is brought up, add a line to the /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth0 like this:

# vi /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth0
ETHTOOL_OPTS="speed 100 duplex full autoneg off"


Below is another example where you can set a single option and multiple options persistently.

## Setting a single option (running ethtool once)

## Setting multiple options (running ethtool multiple times)
ETHTOOL_OPTS="-G ${DEVICE} rx 4096; -G ${DEVICE} -A autoneg on"


Here ${DEVICE} is the variable taken from the ifcfg configuration file, so you are not required to mention the actual device.


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