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Date:	Sat, 10 Mar 2007 14:31:57 -0600
From:	Matt Mackall <>
To:	Francois Romieu <>
Cc:	Simon Arlott <>,
	Linux Kernel Mailing List <>,
Subject: Re: netconsole system freeze when cable unplugged

On Fri, Mar 09, 2007 at 09:42:43PM +0100, 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*

Probably the best thing that can be done here aside from moving
mii_check_media outside interrupt handling is to add
netpoll_plug/unplug(dev) methods that push work off to netpoll's queue
for drivers that have a netpoll recursion problem.

Mathematics is the supreme nostalgia of our time.
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