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Date:	Mon, 30 Nov 2009 03:02:07 -0800
From:	"Michael Chan" <mchan@...adcom.com>
To:	"'Eric Dumazet'" <eric.dumazet@...il.com>
cc:	"leitao@...ux.vnet.ibm.com" <leitao@...ux.vnet.ibm.com>,
	"netdev@...r.kernel.org" <netdev@...r.kernel.org>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] bnx2: avoid flushing statistics when doing a MTU
 change

Eric Dumazet wrote:

> Michael Chan a écrit :
> > Calling bnx2_get_stats() won't refresh the stats counters because
> > they are DMA'ed once a second.  There's an I/O to immediately DMA
> > the counters:
> >
> > REG_WR(bp, BNX2_HC_COMMAND, bp->hc_cmd |
> >                                 BNX2_HC_COMMAND_STATS_NOW);
> > REG_RD(bp, BNX2_HC_COMMAND);
> >
> > We then need to add some delay to wait for the DMA to complete.
>
> Yes, but if you dont call bnx2_get_stats() netdev->stats will contain
> possibly very old values.
>
> At least, calling it will give one no more than second error.
>

OK I see.  We are also not saving the ethtool stats.  So perhaps the
more complete solution is to save the entire statistics block before
reset.

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