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Date:	Sat, 19 Jul 2008 10:01:35 -0700
From:	Ben Greear <>
To:	Ben Greear <>,,
Subject: Re: [BUG, NET] deadlock tearing down a bridged interface

Dave Chinner wrote:
> On Fri, Jul 18, 2008 at 08:44:58AM -0700, Ben Greear wrote:
>> Dave Chinner wrote:
>>> Folks,
>>> I just deadlocked networking on a 2.6.24 kernel. Basically I
>>> was trying to restart the bridge interface I use for UML sessions
>>> because it wasn't passing packets. This happens occasionally
>>> when I leave a UML session too long in gdb, so I bounced the
>>> bridge to get it working again.
>> We have been chasing a refcount bug in 2.6.25 that only happens when
>> IPv6 module is loaded.
> Which causes what problem? The deadlock I reported or the bridge occasionally
> hanging? Is that a problem in 2.6.24?
> The deadlock is the one I'm concerned about - it appears that
> netdev_run_todo() can only wait on a single interface at a time,
> so if we are tearing down two interfaces concurrently where one
> has a reference on the other a deadlock is just waiting to happen...
Our problem is the refcount hang while trying to remove a netdevice.  It 
to be an ipv6 related leakage of some sort, and not directly related to 


Ben Greear <> 
Candela Technologies Inc

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