Unreliable USB ethernet Linux v5.1-rc3-bone0

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Apr 8, 2019, 2:34:26 AM4/8/19
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Still working on getting a PocketBeagle(ish) board fully up. 

This board is using an ST1633 touch screen and I need a very current kernel to support that. 
So I jumped to v5.1-r3c-bone0 using the bb-kernel git repository to cross build. 

I am having some minor problems with that as more than half the time ./build_deb.sh fails compiling the kernel. 
But I can usually just run it again and most of the time it succeeds. 

I am using a USB dm9601 ethernet NIC  to connect to the board for debugging. 
This is working fine with the 4.18.20-bone16 kernel. 

But when I install the linux kernel deb for 5.1-rc3  the DM9601 is detected late in the boot, it is named eth0. 
Ifconfig lists it as expected but it did not dhcp an address. 
I can use 
connmanctl config ethernet_${MAC}_cable --ipv4 dhcp
to get it to dhcp an address, 
but the change is not persistent accross boots and the connection does not stay up very long before dropping. 

I can go to /boot/uEnv.txt and set

reboot and everything works fine. 

I have tired to look for linux .config file differences between 4.18.20 and 5.1-rc3 - there are alot of them. 
I beleive I have picked up any that might have anything to do with this. 
But still not joy. 

Any Ideas on something else I can try ?

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