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Date:	Thu, 13 Dec 2007 05:50:13 -0800 (PST)
From:	David Miller <>
Subject: Re: [RFC] net: napi fix

From: Jarek Poplawski <>
Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2007 14:49:53 +0100

> As a matter of fact, since it's "unlikely()" in net_rx_action() anyway,
> I wonder what is the main reason or gain of leaving such a tricky
> exception, instead of letting drivers to always decide which is the
> best moment for napi_complete()? (Or maybe even, in such a case, they
> should call some function with this list_move_tail() if it's so
> useful?)

It is the only sane way to synchronize the list manipulations.

There has to be a way for ->poll() to tell net_rx_action() two things:

1) How much work was completed, so we can adjust 'budget'
2) Was the NAPI quota exhausted?  So that we know that
   net_rx_action() still "owns" the polling context and
   thus can do the list manipulation safely.

And these both need to be encoded into one single return value, thus
the adopted convention that "work == weight" means that the device has
not done a NAPI complete.
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