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SubjectRe: [PATCH] bnx2: Use dev_kfree_skb_any() in bnx2_tx_int()
On Fri, 2013-11-01 at 18:01 -0400, David Miller wrote:
> From: Cong Wang <>
> Date: Thu, 31 Oct 2013 21:19:16 -0700
> > 2013年10月30日 下午9:26于 "David Miller" <>写道:
> >>
> >> We have to provide a softint compatible environment for this callback
> >> to run in else everything is completely broken.
> >>
> >> All these drivers can safely assume softirq safe locking is
> >> sufficient, you're suggesting we need to take this hardirq safety and
> >> I'm really not willing to allow things to go that far. A lot of
> >> effort has been expended precisely to avoid that kind of overhead and
> >> cost.
> >
> > Alright, I am thinking to move netpoll_poll_dev() to a delayed work.
> What if the printk is outputting a message that will help us discover
> that work queues are deadlocked?
> You can't delay the message, because every layer of indirection you
> add increases the possibility that the message it never seen. You
> have to do it synchronously.

As you've said, the ndo_start_xmit and NAPI poll operations are intended
to be called in softirq context, so everything that interlocks with them
will use spin_lock_bh(). Calling them from hardirq context obviously
opens the possibility of a deadlock. How do you expect anyone to solve

I think that most of the time netpoll doesn't actually call the NAPI
poll function, and the driver ndo_start_xmit function doesn't take any
locks, so we don't actually hit the deadlock in practice (on mainline
kernels - RT is a different story).

Obviously, the less machinery netpoll relies on continuing to work, the
better, so it should preferably defer to sofirq context rather than
workqueue context. I think this means hooking queue_process() into
net_tx_action(), and then cutting out much of the rest of netpoll.


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