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Date:   Thu, 02 May 2019 14:58:35 +0200
From:   Juliana Rodrigueiro <>
Subject: Re: [bisected regression] e1000e: "Detected Hardware Unit Hang"

Hi All.

While updating to kernel 4.19, we realised that a problem reported in 2015 for 
kernel 3.7 is still around. Please see this link for more details: https://

Basically, when using the e1000e driver, each few minutes the following 
messages appear in dmesg or system log.

[12465.174759] e1000e 0000:00:19.0 eth0: Detected Hardware Unit Hang:
  TDH                  <c6>
  TDT                  <fb>
  next_to_use          <fb>
  next_to_clean        <c4>
  time_stamp           <2e5e92>
  next_to_watch        <c6>
  jiffies              <2e67e8>
  next_to_watch.status <0>
MAC Status             <40080083>
PHY Status             <796d>
PHY 1000BASE-T Status  <7800>
PHY Extended Status    <3000>
PCI Status             <10>

Back in 2015, we applied a workaround that decreases the page size:

diff --git a/include/linux/skbuff.h b/include/linux/skbuff.h
index 85ab7d7..9f0ef97 100644
--- a/include/linux/skbuff.h
+++ b/include/linux/skbuff.h
@@ -2108,7 +2108,7 @@ static inline void __skb_queue_purge(struct 
sk_buff_head *list)
-#define NETDEV_FRAG_PAGE_MAX_ORDER get_order(32768)
+#define NETDEV_FRAG_PAGE_MAX_ORDER get_order(4096)

Testing kernel 4.19 with the same hardware showed the same problems, so we 
tried to adapt the old workaround to the current code:

diff -u -r -p linux-4.19.i686/net/core/sock.c linux-4.19.i686.e1000e/net/core/
--- linux-4.19.i686/net/core/sock.c     2019-03-22 13:55:24.198266383 +0100
+++ linux-4.19.i686.e1000e/net/core/sock.c      2019-03-22 13:56:43.165765856 
@@ -2183,7 +2183,8 @@ static void sk_leave_memory_pressure(str
 /* On 32bit arches, an skb frag is limited to 2^15 */
-#define SKB_FRAG_PAGE_ORDER    get_order(32768)
+/* Limit to 4096 instead of 32768 */
+#define SKB_FRAG_PAGE_ORDER    get_order(4096)
  * skb_page_frag_refill - check that a page_frag contains enough room

Unfortunately, this patch does not help with the "Unit Hang" messages anymore, 
the problem occurs with any page size.

Some insight in how to deal with this problem would be very much appreciated.

Thank you!

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