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Date:	Tue, 3 Apr 2007 08:26:29 +0200
From:	Ingo Molnar <mingo@...e.hu>
To:	Ayaz Abdulla <AAbdulla@...dia.com>
Cc:	akpm@...ux-foundation.org, jeff@...zik.org, netdev@...r.kernel.org,
	linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org
Subject: Re: [patch 10/10] forcedeth: work around NULL skb dereference crash


* Ayaz Abdulla <AAbdulla@...dia.com> wrote:

> I had responded eariler to the thread asking you to try out the patch
> found in bug 8058:
> http://bugzilla.kernel.org/show_bug.cgi?id=8058
> 
> I believe that is the caush of the NULL skb dereference issue.

there's a different type of regression now: under high load i dont get a 
crash, i get a hung interface instead. No error packets or other weird 
interface state - just a hung interface. The condition happens after a 
stream of:

 eth1: too many iterations (6) in nv_nic_irq.
 eth1: too many iterations (6) in nv_nic_irq.
 eth1: too many iterations (6) in nv_nic_irq.
 eth1: too many iterations (6) in nv_nic_irq.
 eth1: too many iterations (6) in nv_nic_irq.

If i increase max_interrupt_work from 5 to 50 to paper over this 
condition then the hangs go away. So i suspect there might still be a 
queue-wakeup problem in one of these paths - or that a filled up tx ring 
somehow gets stuck. (and i've got commits 3ba4d093fe8a26f and 
fcc5f2665c81e08, so all the latest stuff that is upstream at the moment)

	Ingo
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