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Date:	Sat, 10 Mar 2007 14:06:28 +0000
From:	Simon Arlott <>
To:	Andi Kleen <>
CC:	Francois Romieu <>,
	Linux Kernel Mailing List <>,
Subject: Re: netconsole system freeze when cable unplugged

On 10/03/07 13:38, Andi Kleen wrote:
> Simon Arlott <> writes:
>> On 09/03/07 20:42, Francois Romieu wrote:
>>> Simon Arlott <> :
>>>> When I unplug the cable the system just stops responding to
>>>> anything, at all. No message is printed to the console when the
>>>> cable is plugged back in.
>>> rtl8139_interrupt (spin_lock(&tp->lock))
>>> -> rtl8139_weird_interrupt
>>>    -> rtl_check_media
>>>       -> mii_check_media (printk(KERN_INFO "%s: link down\n", ...))
>>>          [netpoll stuff here]
>>>          -> rtl8139_poll_controller
>>>             -> rtl8139_interrupt
>>>                *deadlock*
>>> See below for my random stuff of the day. Feel free to open a PR at
>>> if the issue does not go away.
>> The patch doesn't fix it, nothing changes. I'm not sure how this can
>> be debugged if printk won't work...
> earlyprintk can be called directly (early_printk()) and should
> work. It won't log over the network of course.

It also won't log over the serial console either :(
(but that's probably a good thing, it's slow enough to boot with tons 
of messages to the display because of netconsole and nfs).

-> spin_lock(&tp->lock)
-> rtl8139_weird_interrupt
   -> rtl_check_media
      -> mii_check_media
         -> printk(KERN_INFO "%s: link down\n", ...)
            -> wite_msg
               -> local_irq_save
               -> netpoll_send_udp
                  -> netpoll_send_skb
                     -> local_irq_save
                     -> dev->hard_start_xmit(..., ...)
-> spin_lock_irqsave

Simon Arlott
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