Re: [PATCH] r8169: Reduce looping in the interrupt handler.

From: David Dillow
Date: Mon Aug 31 2009 - 23:33:40 EST

On Sun, 2009-08-30 at 13:53 -0700, Eric W. Biederman wrote:
> Francois Romieu <romieu@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> writes:
> > David Dillow <dave@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> :
> > [...]
> >> It'll be this weekend, but I can see cases where it can lock my chip up
> >> -- they should be rare, but then I thought your case would be extremely
> >> rare...
> >
> > I don't get it.
> >
> > Can you elaborate the relevant cases or give some sample scenarios for
> > them ?
> I think David is referring to the fact that in the NAPI loop there is
> nothing that acks everything.

That was my concern, yes.

I've not been able to reproduce my lockups under medium testing with
Francois's patch applied, so I'm a little more comfortable with it.

At the same time, I'm worried that the timing just changed enough to
make it harder to trigger, as was the case when I did the patch IIRC.
The kernel's interrupt handling changed in a manner that made it much
easier to hit about that time. The testing I did in May pointed strongly
at us failing to ACK an interrupt source, causing the MSI generation to
stop, so I need to think about things some more.

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