[PATCH RFC] gianfar: Make polling safe with IRQs disabled

Anton Vorontsov avorontsov at ru.mvista.com
Tue Nov 10 00:32:31 EST 2009

On Sun, Nov 08, 2009 at 01:05:33AM -0800, David Miller wrote:
> > When using KGDBoE, gianfar driver spits 'Interrupt problem' messages,
> > which appears to be a legitimate warning, i.e. we may end up calling
> > netif_receive_skb() or vlan_hwaccel_receive_skb() with IRQs disabled.
> > 
> > This patch reworks the RX path so that if netpoll is enabled (the
> > only case when the driver don't know from what context the polling
> > may be called), we check whether IRQs are disabled, and if so we
> > fall back to safe variants of skb receiving functions.
> This is bogus, I'll tell you why.
> When you go into netif_receive_skb() we have a special check,
> "if (netpoll_receive_skb(..." that takes care of all of the
> details concerning doing a ->poll() from IRQ disabled context
> via netpoll.
> So this code you're adding should not be necessary.
> Or, explain to me why no other driver needs special logic in their
> ->poll() handler like this and does not run into any kinds of netpoll
> problems :-)

Hm, I was confused by the following note:

 *      netif_receive_skb - process receive buffer from network
 *      @skb: buffer to process
 *      This function may only be called from softirq context and interrupts
 *      should be enabled.

Looking into the code though, I can indeed see that there
are netpoll checks, and __netpoll_rx() is actually called with
irqs disabled. So, in the end it appears that we should just
remove the 'Interrupt problem' message.


Anton Vorontsov
email: cbouatmailru at gmail.com

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