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Getting the OSPF-4-ERRRCV OSPF error message

Core Issue

The %OSPF-4-ERRRCV error message indicates that an Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) router has received an invalid OSPF packet. The cause of the error is included in the error message itself.

Possible causes consist of the following:

  • Mismatched area ID
  • Bad checksum
  • OSPF not enabled on the receiving interface
  • Bad version
  • Invalid type
  • Bad link-state update advertisement count
  • Bad link-state update length


  • Make sure that both sides have the same area ID by checking the network statement under OSPF in the router configuration


  • Make sure OSPF is enabled on the interface

The following document on troubleshooting OSPF-4-ERRRCV error messages, provides detailed information on troubleshooting this error;
What Do %OSPF-4-ERRRCV Error Messages Mean?

OSPF Errors, Warnings, and Log Messages

Receiving "ospf-4-errrcv" error message

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