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Date:	Wed, 14 Feb 2007 13:44:23 -0800
From:	Ben Greear <>
To:	Stephen Hemminger <>
CC:	Francois Romieu <>,,
	Kyle Lucke <>,
	Raghavendra Koushik <>,
	Al Viro <>
Subject: Re: [BUG] RTNL and flush_scheduled_work deadlocks

Stephen Hemminger wrote:
> Ben found this but the problem seems pretty widespread.
> The following places are subject to deadlock between flush_scheduled_work
> and the RTNL mutex. What can happen is that a work queue routine (like
> bridge port_carrier_check) is waiting forever for RTNL, and the driver
> routine has called flush_scheduled_work with RTNL held and is waiting
> for the work queue to clear.
> Several other places have comments like: "can't call flush_scheduled_work
> here or it will deadlock". Most of the problem places are in device close
> routine. My recommendation would be to add a check for device netif_running in
> what ever work routine is used, and move the flush_scheduled_work to the
> remove routine.

I seem to be able to trigger this within about 1 minute on a
particular system with some 8139too devices, so if someone
has a patch that could be tested, I'll gladly test it.  For
whatever reason, I haven't hit this problem on 2.6.20 yet, but
that could easily be dumb luck, and I haven't been running .20
very much.

To add to the list below, tg3 has this problem as well, as far as I
can tell by looking at the code.


> 8139too.c: rtl8139_close --> rtl8139_stop_thread
> r8169.c:   rtl8169_down
> cassini.c: cas_change_mtu
> iseries_veth.c: veth_stop_connection
> s2io.c: s2io_close
> sis190.c: sis190_down

Ben Greear <>
Candela Technologies Inc

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