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Date:	Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:50:09 -0500 (EST)
From:	David Miller <>
Subject: Re: [PATCHv1 net] xen-netback: support frontends without
 feature-rx-notify again

From: David Vrabel <>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:13:06 +0000

> Commit bc96f648df1bbc2729abbb84513cf4f64273a1f1 (xen-netback: make
> feature-rx-notify mandatory) incorrectly assumed that there were no
> frontends in use that did not support this feature.  But the frontend
> driver in MiniOS does not and since this is used by (qemu) stubdoms,
> these stopped working.
> Netback sort of works as-is in this mode except:
> - If there are no Rx requests and the internal Rx queue fills, only
>   the drain timeout will wake the thread.  The default drain timeout
>   of 10 s would give unacceptable pauses.
> - If an Rx stall was detected and the internal Rx queue is drained,
>   then the Rx thread would never wake.
> Handle these two cases (when feature-rx-notify is disabled) by:
> - Reducing the drain timeout to 30 ms.
> - Disabling Rx stall detection.
> Reported-by: John <>
> Tested-by: John <>
> Signed-off-by: David Vrabel <>

Applied, and I assume that 3.18 -stable needs this as well?

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