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Date:	Mon, 08 Jul 2013 12:59:08 -0700
From:	Ben Greear <>
To:	Eric Dumazet <>
CC:	netdev <>
Subject: Re: 3.9.5+:  Crash in tcp_input.c:4810.

On 07/08/2013 12:01 PM, Eric Dumazet wrote:
> On Mon, 2013-07-08 at 11:30 -0700, Ben Greear wrote:
>> On 07/08/2013 11:21 AM, Eric Dumazet wrote:
>>> On Mon, 2013-07-08 at 10:23 -0700, Ben Greear wrote:
>>>> We ran a 5+ day test using un-modified 3.10 kernel and did not trigger
>>>> the bug.
>>> Using wired ethernet only, or any kind of adapters, including ath9k ?
>> Exact same hardware and configuration:
>> ath9k, around 240 wifi
>> stations trying to connect to APs that can handle a bit less
>> than 240 total, starting TCP traffic when stations are connected.
>> It appears that the constant churn of stations going up and down
>> is key, but of course that is par for the course, especially in
>> the wifi stack.
>> Some of our local wifi patches make the system work considerably faster when
>> we have hundreds of wifi stations, so timing will be different on upstream
>> kernels, and of course we could have bugs :)
> There is this thing in ath9k about aggregating two frags
> drivers/net/wireless/ath/ath9k/recv.c line 1298 contains :
> RX_STAT_INC(rx_frags);
> Could you check these stats (I do not know if they are reported by
> ethtool -S or another debugging facility) and check if rx_frags is ever
> increasing ?

They are in debugfs, and they appear to increase fairly often, for

[root@...2010-ath9k-1 lanforge]# cat /debug/ieee80211/wiphy0/ath9k/recv|tail -5
            RX-Pkts-All :  288009442
           RX-Bytes-All : 4067932166
             RX-Beacons :   14826735
               RX-Frags :       3944
            RX-Spectral :          0

I don't have the stats from the system that reproduced the bug
(it has been rebooted), but if I do see the bug again, I'll
grab the rx-frags and other stats just in case it shows
some anomaly.


Ben Greear <>
Candela Technologies Inc

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