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Date:   Wed, 22 May 2019 19:33:03 +0800
From:   Firo Yang <>
Cc:, Firo Yang <>
Subject: [RFC PATCH 1/1] enic: prvent waking up stopped tx queues during watchdog reset process

Our customer reports several kernel crashes all preceding with message
of tx queue timed out:
NETDEV WATCHDOG: eth2 (enic): transmit queue 0 timed out
Error message of one of those crashes:
BUG: unable to handle kernel paging request at ffffffffa007e090
Call Trace:
 [<ffffffff814ee240>] skb_release_head_state+0x90/0xb0
 [<ffffffff814ee26e>] skb_release_all+0xe/0x30
 [<ffffffff814ee597>] consume_skb+0x27/0x80
 [<ffffffffa02b838c>] vnic_wq_clean+0x2c/0xa0 [enic]
 [<ffffffffa02b3392>] enic_stop+0x302/0x3c0 [enic]
 [<ffffffffa02b6cdb>] enic_tx_hang_reset+0x3b/0xc0 [enic]
 [<ffffffff81097a24>] process_one_work+0x154/0x410
 [<ffffffff81098606>] worker_thread+0x116/0x4a0

In enic_stop(), the tx queues stopped by netif_tx_disable() could be
woken up during the small time period between netif_tx_disable() and
the napi_disable() in the following way:
           netif_wake_subqueue(enic->netdev, q_number)->
              test_and_clear_bit(__QUEUE_STATE_DRV_XOFF, &txq->state)
In turn, upper netowrk stack could queue skb to ENIC NIC though
enic_hard_start_xmit(). I don't have a clear idea on how above problem
was triggered so this is a RFC patch.

Signed-off-by: Firo Yang <>
 drivers/net/ethernet/cisco/enic/enic_main.c | 2 +-
 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/drivers/net/ethernet/cisco/enic/enic_main.c b/drivers/net/ethernet/cisco/enic/enic_main.c
index 46dd75959e07..e878f3cbfeec 100644
--- a/drivers/net/ethernet/cisco/enic/enic_main.c
+++ b/drivers/net/ethernet/cisco/enic/enic_main.c
@@ -1809,10 +1809,10 @@ static int enic_stop(struct net_device *netdev)
-	netif_tx_disable(netdev);
 	if (vnic_dev_get_intr_mode(enic->vdev) == VNIC_DEV_INTR_MODE_MSIX)
 		for (i = 0; i < enic->wq_count; i++)
 			napi_disable(&enic->napi[enic_cq_wq(enic, i)]);
+	netif_tx_disable(netdev);
 	if (!enic_is_dynamic(enic) && !enic_is_sriov_vf(enic))

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