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Date:	Tue, 24 Jul 2007 09:18:58 +0200
From:	Jarek Poplawski <jarkao2@...pl>
To:	Ingo Molnar <mingo@...e.hu>
Cc:	Marcin Ślusarz <marcin.slusarz@...il.com>,
	Jean-Baptiste Vignaud <vignaud@...dmail.fr>,
	linux-kernel <linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org>,
	shemminger <shemminger@...ux-foundation.org>,
	linux-net <linux-net@...r.kernel.org>,
	netdev <netdev@...r.kernel.org>, Ingo Molnar <mingo@...e.hu>,
	Thomas Gleixner <tglx@...utronix.de>,
	Andrew Morton <akpm@...ux-foundation.org>,
	Linus Torvalds <torvalds@...ux-foundation.org>
Subject: Re: 2.6.20->2.6.21 - networking dies after random time

On Mon, Jul 23, 2007 at 07:44:58AM +0200, Marcin Ślusarz wrote:
> Ok, I've bisected this problem and found that this patch broke my NIC:
> 
> 76d2160147f43f982dfe881404cfde9fd0a9da21 is first bad commit
> commit 76d2160147f43f982dfe881404cfde9fd0a9da21
> Author: Ingo Molnar <mingo@...e.hu>
> Date:   Fri Feb 16 01:28:24 2007 -0800
> 
>    [PATCH] genirq: do not mask interrupts by default
> 
>    Never mask interrupts immediately upon request.  Disabling interrupts in
>    high-performance codepaths is rare, and on the other hand this change 
>    could
>    recover lost edges (or even other types of lost interrupts) by
> conservatively
>    only masking interrupts after they happen.  (NOTE: with this change the
>    highlevel irq-disable code still soft-disables this IRQ line - and
> if such an
>    interrupt happens then the IRQ flow handler keeps the IRQ masked.)
> 
>    Mark i8529A controllers as 'never loses an edge'.
> 
>    Signed-off-by: Ingo Molnar <mingo@...e.hu>
>    Cc: Thomas Gleixner <tglx@...utronix.de>
>    Signed-off-by: Andrew Morton <akpm@...ux-foundation.org>
>    Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <torvalds@...ux-foundation.org>

So, it seems nobody (except the users) cares...

BTW, maybe there should be created something like "Network Cards
Producers Made Rich on Unnecessary Changed Cards Linux Foundation"?:

On Fri, Jun 29, 2007 at 10:50:20AM +0200, Jean-Baptiste Vignaud wrote:
...
> 2) changed the 3com cards
> i replaced by two cards,
> 01:06.0 Ethernet controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT6102 [Rhine-II] (rev 42)
> 01:07.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL-8029(AS)
> 
> reinstalled and stressed the network (small download from a laptop) and :
> 
> Jun 29 09:34:10 loki kernel: NETDEV WATCHDOG: eth0: transmit timed out
> Jun 29 09:34:51 loki last message repeated 14 times
> Jun 29 09:35:18 loki last message repeated 8 times

...Of course, no response of any "serious" developer for this as well.

BTW #2: I wonder how true is this (after above-mentioned patch):

>From include/linux/irq.h:
> /**
>  * struct irq_chip - hardware interrupt chip descriptor
...
>  * @disable:		disable the interrupt (defaults to chip->mask if NULL)

Regards,
Jarek P.
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