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    SubjectRe: QUESTION: Network hangs with BP6 and 2.4.x kernels, hardware related?
    Frank de Lange wrote:
    > On Fri, Jan 12, 2001 at 08:04:24PM +0100, Manfred Spraul wrote:
    > > I removed the disable_irq lines from 8390.c, and that fixed the problem:
    > > no hang within 2 minutes - the test is still running.
    > >
    > > Frank, could you double check it?
    > I'm currently running my own patched version, which uses
    > spin_lock_irq/spin_unlock_irq instead of
    > spin_lock_irqsave/spin_unlock_irqrestore like you patch uses. Looking at
    > spinlock.h, spin_lock_irq does a local irq disable, which seems to be closer to
    > the original intent (disable_irq) than spin_lock_irqsave. Anyone want to
    > comment on this?
    It's a bit dangerous: _if_ one of the function is called with disabled
    local interrupts, then spin_unlock_irq would enable these interrupts.
    That could cause other problems, but I haven't checked if these function
    are actually called with disabled interrupts - e.g. the transmit
    function is called with enabled interrupts.

    Frank, the 2.4.0 contains 2 band aids that were added for ne2k smp:

    * From Ingo: focus cpu disabled, in arch/i386/kernel/apic.c
    * From myself: TARGET_CPU = cpu_online_mask, was 0xFF.

    Could you disable both bandaids? I disabled them, no problems so far.

    Now back to the disable_irq_nosync().
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