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Date:	Tue, 13 Feb 2007 17:23:05 -0800
From:	Ben Greear <>
To:	NetDev <>
CC:	Stephen Hemminger <>
Subject: deadlock in related to bridging?

I think I may have found a deadlock bug in  This is
with my hacked kernel, but my binary module has not been loaded.

I have several bridges configured, including some containing
my redirect-device virtual devices and ethernet devices.

I believe the deadlock is this:

The work-queue process is calling this, and is blocked on

  [<c0337ede>] __mutex_lock_slowpath+0xbe/0x2a0
  [<c03380dc>] mutex_lock+0x1c/0x20
  [<c02dd1db>] __rtnl_lock+0x1b/0x40
  [<df909dc2>] port_carrier_check+0x22/0xa0 [bridge]
  [<c012d21b>] run_workqueue+0x7b/0x100
  [<c012d9cf>] worker_thread+0x10f/0x130
  [<c01304b5>] kthread+0xd5/0xe0
  [<c0101005>] kernel_thread_helper+0x5/0x10

But, the 'ip' program already has rtnl (acquired in devinet_ioctl),
and is trying to flush the work-queue:

ip            D D9C34000  6600  2780   2775                     (NOTLB)
        d9c35e1c 00000046 deeebae8 d9c34000 c010327f 00000001 d9c34000 00000260
        deeeba80 00000001 d9c542b0 e548f009 0000001a 00020224 d9c543c0 0000007b
        0000007b 00335517 00000000 deeeba80 deeebae8 00000053 d9c35e44 c012d30b
Call Trace:
  [<c012d30b>] flush_cpu_workqueue+0x6b/0xb0
  [<c012d388>] flush_workqueue+0x38/0x50
  [<c012d3fd>] flush_scheduled_work+0xd/0x10
  [<df819665>] rtl8139_close+0x165/0x1a0 [8139too]
  [<c02d4bd4>] dev_close+0x54/0x70
  [<c02d3e31>] dev_change_flags+0x51/0x110
  [<c0314e90>] devinet_ioctl+0x4b0/0x6a0
  [<c031579b>] inet_ioctl+0x6b/0x80
  [<c02c9627>] sock_ioctl+0x77/0x250
  [<c017e1f8>] do_ioctl+0x28/0x80
  [<c017e2a7>] vfs_ioctl+0x57/0x2b0
  [<c017e539>] sys_ioctl+0x39/0x60
  [<c01031ad>] sysenter_past_esp+0x56/0x99
  [<b7fd5410>] 0xb7fd5410

Has this been fixed in later releases?


Ben Greear <>
Candela Technologies Inc

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