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Date:   Sun, 30 Aug 2020 21:58:04 -0700
From:   Michael Chan <>
To:     Baptiste Covolato <>
Cc:     David Christensen <>,
        Michael Chan <>,
        Siva Reddy Kallam <>,
        Prashant Sreedharan <>,
        Netdev <>, Daniel Stodden <>
Subject: Re: rtnl_lock deadlock with tg3 driver

On Fri, Aug 28, 2020 at 5:40 PM Baptiste Covolato <> wrote:
> Hi David, Michael,
> I am contacting you because I'm experiencing an issue that seems to be
> awfully close to what David attempted to fix related to the tg3 driver
> infinite sleep while holding rtnl_lock
> (

David's remaining issue was tg3_reset_task() returning failure due to
some hardware error.  This would leave the driver in a limbo state
with netif_running() still true, but NAPI not enabled.  This can
easily lead to a soft lockup with rtnl held when it tries to disable
NAPI again.

I think the proper fix is to close the device when tg3_reset_task()
fails to bring it to a consistent state.  I haven't heard back from
David in a while, so I will propose a patch to do this in the next

Let's see if this patch will also work for you.  Thanks.

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