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Date:	Thu, 26 May 2011 08:06:15 -0700
From:	Ben Hutchings <bhutchings@...arflare.com>
To:	Eric Dumazet <eric.dumazet@...il.com>
Cc:	Arun Sharma <asharma@...com>,
	Maximilian Engelhardt <maxi@...monizer.de>,
	linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org, netdev@...r.kernel.org,
	StuStaNet Vorstand <vorstand@...sta.mhn.de>
Subject: Re: Kernel crash after using new Intel NIC (igb)

On Wed, 2011-05-25 at 08:35 +0200, Eric Dumazet wrote:
> Le mardi 24 mai 2011 à 23:06 -0700, Arun Sharma a écrit :
> > On Wed, May 25, 2011 at 04:44:29AM +0200, Eric Dumazet wrote:
> > > 
> > > Hmm, thanks for the report. Are you running x86 or another arch ?
> > > 
> > 
> > This was on x86.
> > 
> > > We probably need some sort of memory barrier.
> > > 
> > > However, locking this central lock makes the thing too slow, I'll try to
> > > use an atomic_inc_return on p->refcnt instead. (and then lock
> > > unused_peers.lock if we got a 0->1 transition)
> > 
> > Another possibility is to do the list_empty() check twice. Once without
> > taking the lock and again with the spinlock held.
> > 
> 
> Why ?
> 
> list_del_init(&p->unused); (done under lock of course) is safe, you can
> call it twice, no problem.
> 
> No, the real problem is the  (!list_empty(&p->unused) test : It seems to
> not always tell the truth if not done under lock.

Of course not; list modification operations are not atomic.

Ben.

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