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Date:	Tue, 13 Mar 2007 17:14:27 +0900 (JST)
From:	Atsushi Nemoto <>
Subject: Re: [patch 12/19] fix irq problem with NAPI + NETPOLL

On Thu, 08 Mar 2007 10:35:13 +0900 (JST), Atsushi Nemoto <> wrote:
> > netpoll_rx() should be invokable from hardware interrupt context.
> > What is the crash you are seeing?
> The problem is not netpoll_rx().  It should be called from irq context.
> The problem is, netif_receive_skb() is called from irq context though
> it seems not designed to do so.

Unfortunately I could not reproduce the crash, but IIRC the crash was
happened at upper protocol layer on hardware interrupt context.

Anyway, I think main path of netif_receive_skb() should not be
executed in hardware interrupt context.  Is it wrong?

> > It looks like perhaps the kfree_skb() calls need to be modified
> > in __netpoll_rx().
> Well, it seems an another netpoll bug.

I suppose these kfree_skb() in __netpoll_rx() should be
dev_kfree_skb_any().  And I found an another abuse which is irrelevant
to netpoll.  The netif_rx() calls kfree_skb() at its bottom.  The
netif_rx() should be callable from hardware interrupt context, so it
should be changed to dev_kfree_skb_any().  Is it right?

Atsushi Nemoto
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