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Date: Fri, 17 Nov 2023 15:29:05 +0800
From: Jeremy Kerr <>
To: Jinliang Wang <>, Matt Johnston
Cc: William Kennington <>,,
Subject: Re: [PATCH] mctp-i2c: increase the MCTP_I2C_TX_WORK_LEN to 500

Hi Jinliang,

> Tested:
> Before the fix, we will see below message in kernel log when
> concurrently sending namespace create commands to the 4 NVMe-MI
> devices on the same i2c bus:
> kernel: i2c i2c-6 mctpi2c6: BUG! Tx Ring full when queue awake!
> After the fix, the error message is gone.

Thanks for the report, but I don't think this is the correct fix: you
should not hit that error even if > TX_WORK_LEN packets need to be sent.
The net core should not be attempting to queue more skbs after
netif_stop_queue(), which we do in the conditional below the warning:

	spin_lock_irqsave(&midev->tx_queue.lock, flags);
	if (skb_queue_len(&midev->tx_queue) >= MCTP_I2C_TX_WORK_LEN) {
		spin_unlock_irqrestore(&midev->tx_queue.lock, flags);
		netdev_err(dev, "BUG! Tx Ring full when queue awake!\n");
		return NETDEV_TX_BUSY;

	__skb_queue_tail(&midev->tx_queue, skb);
	if (skb_queue_len(&midev->tx_queue) == MCTP_I2C_TX_WORK_LEN)
	spin_unlock_irqrestore(&midev->tx_queue.lock, flags);

What looks like has happened here:

 1) we have TX_WORK_LEN-1 packets queued
 2) we release a flow, which queues the "marker" skb. the tx_queue now
    has TX_WORK_LEN items
 3) we queue another packet, ending up with TX_WORK_LEN+1 in the queue
 4) the == TX_WORK_LEN test fails, so we dont do a netif_stop_queue()

A couple of potential fixes:

 * We do the check and conditional netif_stop_queue() in (2)
 * We change the check there to be `>= MCTP_I2C_TX_WORK_LEN`

Matt, any preferences?



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