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Date:	Sat, 13 Sep 2008 15:55:54 -0400
From:	Jeff Garzik <>
To:	Matthew Wilcox <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] Don't take the mdio_lock in atl1e_probe

Matthew Wilcox wrote:
> Lockdep warns about the mdio_lock taken with interrupts enabled then later
> taken from interrupt context.  Initially, I considered changing these
> to spin_lock_irq/spin_unlock_irq, but then I looked at atl1e_phy_init()
> and saw that it calls msleep().  Sleeping while holding a spinlock is
> not allowed either.
> In the probe path, we haven't registered the interrupt handler, so
> it can't poke at this card yet.  It's before we call register_netdev(),
> so I don't think any other threads can reach this card either.  If I'm
> right, we don't need a spinlock at all.
> Signed-off-by: Matthew Wilcox <>
> diff --git a/drivers/net/atl1e/atl1e_main.c b/drivers/net/atl1e/atl1e_main.c
> index 82d7be1..ba22a51 100644
> --- a/drivers/net/atl1e/atl1e_main.c
> +++ b/drivers/net/atl1e/atl1e_main.c
> @@ -2389,9 +2389,7 @@ static int __devinit atl1e_probe(struct pci_dev *pdev,
>  	}
>  	/* Init GPHY as early as possible due to power saving issue  */
> -	spin_lock(&adapter->mdio_lock);
>  	atl1e_phy_init(&adapter->hw);
> -	spin_unlock(&adapter->mdio_lock);
>  	/* reset the controller to
>  	 * put the device in a known good starting state */


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