EIGRP stuck in active when a secondary IP address was being removed

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Nov 18th, 2008
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I have two routers running EIGRP in between (R1 and R2). The neighboring interfaces are:


interface vlan 10

ip address

ip address secondary

router eigrp 1


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interface vlan 10

ip address

router eigrp 1


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EIGRP was running fine until I was to remove the secondary IP. When I was doing that, that EIGRP adjency was flapping and showing "stuck in active".

Is this because the secondary IP's maks covers the primary IP? What did the router do when the secondary IP was removed?


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satish_zanjurne Tue, 11/18/2008 - 07:01
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1.In the log , check whether you are getting "Neighbor not on common subnet error" on second router.

2.See in the second router (R2) , if it has form the neighbor relationship with R1 ?

3.Try adding the secondary IP address again , and check neighbor IP Address on both the routers , i am not sure but probably R1 is using secondary IP address as it's ID , and when it is removed it is going into SIA..

HTH...rate if helpful..

glen.grant Tue, 11/18/2008 - 07:28
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You should specify what the eigrp router id is in the eigrp config , it may have been pointing to the secondary as the previous poster indicated.

gwhuang5398 Tue, 11/18/2008 - 12:46
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The secondary IP is not the highest IP on the router (it's actually a L3 3750. So Loopback is not configured). So it should not be used as router-id.


royalblues Tue, 11/18/2008 - 13:19
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Whenever there is a configuration chnage in the interface running EIGRP, there is a graceful restart of the EIGRP process.

The EIGRP adjacency goes down and comes up..In your case when you removed the sec IP, the graceful restart would have a triggered a set of queries to other neighbors eventually leading to SIA after not receiving any replies


gwhuang5398 Tue, 11/18/2008 - 18:00
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Hi Narayan:

You made very good sense and I agree most likely the queries for building adjacency somehow caused SIA. I just don't know what could happen to the primary IP when the secondary IP was removed.

interface vlan 10

ip addr secondary

ip addr

The primary IP should provide enough info to form adjacency with on the neighbor router.


Giuseppe Larosa Wed, 11/19/2008 - 11:29
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Hello Gary,

from the point of view of EIGRP an IP subnet suddenly disappeared without no topology change: no link went down.

I think that probably the SIA happened and was related about the now missing prefix

_From the point of view of the neighbor this IP subnet was reachable to the neighbor

If this interpretation is correct the neighboring router went active for net

It has sent out a query to which the neighbor didn't answered, going in SIA for a route the EIGRP adjacency was reset in the hope to restore the original network topology.

This is a standard EIGRP behavior in case of SIA.

This is only a guess. It could be interesting to analyze the log messages on both routers to see if the guess can fit with the observed events / messages.

Hope to help



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