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Date:   Tue, 5 May 2020 20:01:31 -0400
From:   "Michael S. Tsirkin" <>
Cc:     Thomas Gleixner <>,
        Eric Dumazet <>,
        Jason Wang <>,
        "David S. Miller" <>,,
Subject: [PATCH] virtio_net: fix lockdep warning on 32 bit

When we fill up a receive VQ, try_fill_recv currently tries to count
kicks using a 64 bit stats counter. Turns out, on a 32 bit kernel that
uses a seqcount. sequence counts are "lock" constructs where you need to
make sure that writers are serialized.

In turn, this means that we mustn't run two try_fill_recv concurrently.
Which of course we don't. We do run try_fill_recv sometimes from a fully
preemptible context and sometimes from a softirq (napi) context.

However, when it comes to the seqcount, lockdep is trying to enforce
the rule that the same lock isn't accessed from preemptible
and softirq context. This causes a false-positive warning:

WARNING: inconsistent lock state
inconsistent {SOFTIRQ-ON-W} -> {IN-SOFTIRQ-W} usage.

As a work around, shut down the warning by switching
to u64_stats_update_begin_irqsave - that works by disabling
interrupts on 32 bit only, is a NOP on 64 bit.

Reported-by: Thomas Gleixner <>
Suggested-by: Eric Dumazet <>
Signed-off-by: Michael S. Tsirkin <>

I'm not thrilled about this but this seems the best we can do for now.

Completely untested.

Thomas, can you pls let me know the config I need to trigger the warning
in question?

 drivers/net/virtio_net.c | 6 ++++--
 1 file changed, 4 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

diff --git a/drivers/net/virtio_net.c b/drivers/net/virtio_net.c
index 6594aab4910e..95393b61187f 100644
--- a/drivers/net/virtio_net.c
+++ b/drivers/net/virtio_net.c
@@ -1243,9 +1243,11 @@ static bool try_fill_recv(struct virtnet_info *vi, struct receive_queue *rq,
 	} while (rq->vq->num_free);
 	if (virtqueue_kick_prepare(rq->vq) && virtqueue_notify(rq->vq)) {
-		u64_stats_update_begin(&rq->stats.syncp);
+		unsigned long flags;
+		flags = u64_stats_update_begin_irqsave(&rq->stats.syncp);
-		u64_stats_update_end(&rq->stats.syncp);
+		u64_stats_update_end_irqrestore(&rq->stats.syncp);
 	return !oom;

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