I purged network manager from my system (OS: Linux 3.13.0-53-generic #89-Ubuntu)

Networking service runs on my system:

sudo service networking status
networking start/running

Static interface info:

iface eth0 inet static
dns-search google.com

Problem: Internet connection disconnects randomly.


I have another windows machine on my LAN that works, when network is not connected on Linux. So, no problem with router

Try to ping gateway

PING ( 56(84) bytes of data.
From icmp_seq=1 Destination Host Unreachable

So, to test this random behaviour I assumed the network traffic might be causing the random behaviour.

So, I did set one of the shell to infinitely ping Google server. After a while as expected I got the following message

ping: sendmsg: No buffer space available

After some time, the network starts working again.

On one of the link it says to increase the size of the buffer (www.cyberciti.biz/faq/linux-tcp-tuning). So I did, and my current proc/sys/net/core/wmem_max size is 83886080

Still, if I do infinite ping again network fails the same way.

Question: Which process/service is causing the network buffer reset? Also, why is it taking so much time to do so?

As a temporary fix, manually unplug-plug Ethernet or do ifdown eth0 && ifup eth0 [But, this is not a correct solution]

  • Typically the "No buffer space" condition occurs when a NIC is unable to send data to a host. If you check your ping times you should be able to correlate increased ping time and/or packet loss with the error message.
    – Clarus
    Jun 24, 2015 at 21:16
  • Also see askubuntu.com on StackExchange.
    – jeremiah
    Jun 25, 2015 at 9:26

1 Answer 1


I wrote about this just yesterday. Sigh.

The root cause is probably that there is another computer on the network that has the same IP address. Sometimes this is caused by assigning an IP in the a range that DHCP thinks it has control over.

To verify there are conflicting IPs when you Linux box loses network connection, get onto your windows box and see if you can ping

The "buffer space" condition was mentioned by Claris.

  • What if I get request timeout when ping from the other computer when I loss the connection? Does that imply no other guy is using my IP?
    – Francis
    Dec 21, 2017 at 9:00
  • @Francis rather than try to guess which of the details are relevant to you and which of the details are different, why not start a new question that describes in detail your particular situation and what you have tried. You can link back to this answer if need be.
    – rocky
    Dec 21, 2017 at 11:31

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