I have iBGP configured between two devices. After the bgp session comes up, the # of routes sent to RouterA from RouterB initially increases to roughly 100k, but then for some reason, it drops down to only 160.

Is there a reason why this would be happening? It's just a simply ibgp configuration on both of the routers.


Starts out:

Neighbor Address  AS#   State   Time     Rt:Accepted Filtered Sent   ToSend
  e.e.e.e         xxxxx ESTAB   1h34m48s    493723   0        1      0     
  i.i.i.i          xxxx ESTAB   0h 0m19s    301708   0        120998 71776 

Ends with:

 Neighbor Address  AS#   State   Time     Rt:Accepted Filtered Sent   ToSend
  e.e.e.e          xxxxx ESTAB   1h35m 4s    493722   0        1      0     
  i.i.i.i           xxxx ESTAB   0h 0m35s    494878   0        150    0  

e.e.e.e are the ebgp neigh and i.i.i.i is the ibgp neighbors. As you can see, once the session comes up, the # of routes sent from this router to routerA initially goes high but then drops to ~150.

If you need specific information, please let me know.

Thank you

  • 1
    I don't know brocade that well, but (494878 - 301708) is rather close to (120998 + 71776); my suspicion is that one side sends less-preferred external prefixes to the iBGP peer. BGP chooses one and only one best path to send via iBGP; thus I suspect the lower Sent number is an artifact of timing and best path selection... without checking a sniff of the iBGP session I'm just speculating... and I'm on vacation, so it's rather challenging to simulate :-) Jun 28, 2014 at 2:48
  • Can you look at I.I.I.I and see how many routes it learned from this peer? Jul 21, 2014 at 4:57
  • Is there a max bgp prefix command in your configs?
    – HAL
    Mar 4, 2015 at 17:47
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I think this is normal behavoir.

After the reboot you router has to learn the neigbor-routes. The upper and lower left circle in my picture are around the values representing the known active-used routes of your router. The upper right circle shows that there are stimm routes to learn. This is the Reason for the high Send-value. In the end both routers have prety close accepted-Routes-Values and this is fine.

There could be some reasons why router e.e.e.e dont learn all routes, maybe is a configuration thing and he reject some routes or it is misconfiguration in the update timings.

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