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Date:	Wed, 06 May 2009 09:46:33 +0200
From:	Jesper Dangaard Brouer <>
To:	David Miller <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] igb: Record hardware RX overruns in net_stats

On Tue, 2009-05-05 at 14:35 -0700, David Miller wrote:
> From: Jeff Kirsher <>
> Date: Tue, 5 May 2009 14:32:04 -0700
> > the manual[1] for the hardware says:
> > RNBC:
> > This register counts the number of times that frames were received
> > when there were no available buffers in host memory to store those
> > frames (receive descriptor head and tail pointers were equal). The
> > packet is still received if there is space in the FIFO. This register
> > only increments if receives are enabled. This register does not
> > increment when flow control packets are received.
> > 
> > The critical bit "The packet is still received if there is space in
> > the FIFO" (AND a host memory buffer becomes available) So the reason
> > we don't want to put it in the net_stats stats for drops is that the
> > packet
> > *wasn't* necessarily dropped.
> > 
> > The rx_missed errors is for packets that were definitely dropped, and
> > is already stored in the net_stats structure.
> While not an "rx_missed" because we do eventually take the
> packet, conceptually it is a "fifo overflow" in the sense
> that we exceeded available receive resources at the time that
> the packet arrived.

Yes, with this argumentation, the MPC should then be kept as "rx_missed"
packets.  And the RNBC stored as "rx_fifo_errors" as its an overflow
indication, not a number of packets dropped.

Med venlig hilsen / Best regards
  Jesper Brouer
  ComX Networks A/S
  Linux Network developer
  Cand. Scient Datalog / MSc.
  Author of

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