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Date:	Tue, 19 Feb 2008 10:30:47 +0000
From:	Jarek Poplawski <>
To:	James Chapman <>
Cc:	David Miller <>,
Subject: Re: [PATCH][PPPOL2TP]: Fix SMP oops in pppol2tp driver

On Tue, Feb 19, 2008 at 09:03:12AM +0000, James Chapman wrote:
> David Miller wrote:
>> From: James Chapman <>
>> Date: Mon, 18 Feb 2008 22:09:24 +0000
>>> Here's a new version of the patch. The patch avoids disabling irqs
>>> and fixes the sk_dst_get() usage that DaveM mentioned. But even with
>>> this patch, lockdep still complains if hundreds of ppp sessions are
>>> inserted into a tunnel as rapidly as possible (lockdep trace is
>>> below). I can stop these errors by wrapping the call to ppp_input()
>>> in pppol2tp_recv_dequeue_skb() with local_irq_save/restore. What is
>>> a better fix?
>> Firstly, let's fix one thing at a time.  Leave the sk_dst_get()
>> thing alone until we can prove that it's part of the lockdep
>> traces.
> In reproducing the problem, I obtained several lockdep traces that  
> implicated sk_dst_get().

As a matter of fact I missed just that kind information on previous
lockdep report, so if you could send them too this should be still

> I agree. I'm seeking advice on what the underlying cause is of this new  
> trace.

IMHO, just like I wrote earlier, the main problem is in ppp_generic(),
especially ppp_connect_channel(), where main tx & rx locks are used.
I didn't know enough about this sk_dst_lock traces yet. I hope I could
help with this, but after these changes I need some time to figure
this out again.

Jarek P.
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