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Date:	Fri, 23 Nov 2007 21:48:51 +0300
From:	Evgeniy Polyakov <>
To:	Matt Mackall <>
Cc:	Andrew Morton <>,
	Simon Arlott <>,
	Linux Kernel Mailing List <>,, Ingo Molnar <>
Subject: Re: 2.6.23 WARNING: at kernel/softirq.c:139 local_bh_enable()

On Fri, Nov 23, 2007 at 08:57:57PM +0300, Evgeniy Polyakov ( wrote:
> > My memory here is hazy, but I think this exists to rescue netconsole
> > in low-memory situations. This bit originated with Ingo, so maybe he
> > can recall.
> > 
> > Netpoll can process an arbitrary number of skbs inside a single
> > interrupt. Think sysrq-t at one packet per line or kgdboe where the
> > entire trace session can happen inside one very long interrupt.
> > 
> > Perhaps we can refine this to mark netpoll's skbs (perhaps with
> > ->destructor?) and delete only skbs we own. As these are never passed
> > through any of the other route/xfrm/filter code, they should be safe
> > to delete even in irq context, yes?
> > 
> > > Removing zap_completion_queue() from find_skb() will fix the warning,
> > > but I'm not sure this is a correct fix. I've added Matt to the Cc list.
> > 
> > Care to try the sysrq-t or OOM message tests?
> We basically can not free skbs there - if it is interrupt context and
> we are freeing some skb with destructor we will catch the warning anyway.
> No matter if we are under memory pressure or whatever - it is not
> allowed - a lot of skbs are supposed to be freed in softirq context,
> that is why dev_kfree_skb_any() exists.
> I think we can drop skbs _without_ destructor from the queue though in
> that conditions given that we actually need only one.

Stop, we are trying to free skb without destructor and catch connection
tracking, so it is not a solution. To fix the problem we need to check
if it is not netfilter related, kind of this (not tested), Simon please
give it a try:

diff --git a/net/core/netpoll.c b/net/core/netpoll.c
index 758dafe..855bb3f 100644
--- a/net/core/netpoll.c
+++ b/net/core/netpoll.c
@@ -196,7 +196,7 @@ static void zap_completion_queue(void)
 		while (clist != NULL) {
 			struct sk_buff *skb = clist;
 			clist = clist->next;
-			if (skb->destructor)
+			if (skb->destructor || skb->nfct || skb->nfct_reasm)
 				dev_kfree_skb_any(skb); /* put this one back */

	Evgeniy Polyakov
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