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Date:	Fri, 11 Sep 2009 12:55:46 -0700
From:	Andrew Morton <>
Subject: Re: [Bugme-new] [Bug 14147] New: System unresponsive if I unplug
 network cable while ethtool -p is running

(switched to email.  Please respond via emailed reply-to-all, not via the
bugzilla web interface).

On Wed, 9 Sep 2009 00:06:10 GMT wrote:

>            Summary: System unresponsive if I unplug network cable while
>                     ethtool -p is running
>            Product: Networking
>            Version: 2.5
>     Kernel Version: 2.6.30
>           Platform: All
>         OS/Version: Linux
>               Tree: Mainline
>             Status: NEW
>           Severity: normal
>           Priority: P1
>          Component: Other
>         AssignedTo:
>         ReportedBy:
>         Regression: No
> When a user runs the "ethtool -p ethX" to identify the physical interface by
> flashing the appropriate interface LED, and then removes the cable at that
> interface, the keyboard locks up. This is naturally annoying to customers with
> multi-port systems, who wish to use ethtool -p so that they can
> disconnect/connect interface cables to appropriate ports. 
> I am told that this is because "the RTNL lock is held by ethtool, and the link
> [down] message needs the RTNL", which would, I think, make this a kernel issue. 
> This has been known about within INTEL for over 3 years, but only recently come
> to my attention. I have verified it on a 2.6.30 system using a default kernel
> configuration and the e1000e driver.

hah.  cute.
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