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SubjectRe: + 28.7: network timeouts for r8169 and 8139too

David Dillow wrote:
> On Tue, 2009-05-12 at 22:29 +0200, Michael Riepe wrote:
>>David Dillow wrote:
>>>I was saying that I don't think the timeouts are necessarily the NIC
>>>chipset -- or the bridge chip for that matter -- having issues with
>>>MSI. There were some substantial IRQ handling changes in 2.6.28 and my
>>>bisection of the problem seem to lead into that code. I'll try this
>>>later tonight hopefully, but can you try to run 2.6.27 with the current
>>>r8169 driver and see if it is solid for you? That way it is using the
>>>same driver code, but avoids the IRQ changes.
>>Unfortunately, 2.6.27 won't build with r8169.c copied from 2.6.29.
> You are correct, and I should have thought about that. The following
> patch reverts the following commits:
> 288379 net: Remove redundant NAPI functions
> 908a7a net: Remove unused netdev arg from some NAPI interfaces.
> 008298 netdev: add more functions to netdevice ops
> 8b4ab2 r8169: convert to net_device_ops
> babcda drivers/net: Kill now superfluous ->last_rx stores.
> The patched driver runs on 2.6.27 and survives my 5 minutes 'dd
> if=/dev/zero bs=1024k | nc target 9000' test which usually dies in less
> than 90 seconds on 2.6.28+.

Not on my system:

WARNING: at net/sched/sch_generic.c:219 dev_watchdog+0x258/0x270()
NETDEV WATCHDOG: eth0 (r8169): transmit timed out
Modules linked in: nfsd lockd nfs_acl sunrpc exportfs autofs4 deflate
zlib_deflate ctr twofish twofish_common camellia serpent blowfish
des_generic cbc aes_x86_64 aes_generic xcbc rmd160 sha256_generic
sha1_generic crypto_null crypto_blkcipher af_key ipt_REJECT
nf_conntrack_ipv6 ip6table_filter ip6_tables xt_tcpudp xt_conntrack
iptable_filter ip_tables x_tables sg nf_conntrack_irc nf_conntrack_ftp
nf_conntrack_ipv4 nf_conntrack rfcomm l2cap bluetooth dm_mod tun eeprom
smsc47m192 hwmon_vid smsc47m1 hwmon cpufreq_stats cpufreq_powersave
video backlight output fan container battery ac usbhid usb_storage
i2c_dev hid evdev intelfb fb i2c_algo_bit ff_memless parport_pc
cfbcopyarea r8169 snd_hda_intel i2c_i801 thermal cfbimgblt serio_raw
ehci_hcd mii button iTCO_wdt snd_pcm processor parport i2c_core
cfbfillrect intel_agp snd_timer snd_page_alloc snd_hwdep snd uhci_hcd
Pid: 0, comm: swapper Not tainted 2.6.27-ai-x64-r8169 #1

Call Trace:
<IRQ> [<ffffffff802498f7>] warn_slowpath+0xb7/0xf0
[<ffffffff804b98e0>] ? ip_output+0x90/0xf0
[<ffffffff804b858f>] ? __ip_local_out+0x9f/0xb0
[<ffffffff804b85c0>] ? ip_local_out+0x20/0x30
[<ffffffff804b8e9c>] ? ip_queue_xmit+0x21c/0x3f0
[<ffffffff80488ddc>] ? pskb_copy+0x1c/0x1a0
[<ffffffff8048884e>] ? __alloc_skb+0x6e/0x150
[<ffffffff80512972>] ? fib6_clean_node+0x42/0xc0
[<ffffffff8054ad04>] ? _write_unlock_bh+0x24/0x30
[<ffffffff8054aa0f>] ? _spin_lock_irqsave+0x3f/0x50
[<ffffffff8037baca>] ? strlcpy+0x4a/0x60
[<ffffffff8049fe78>] dev_watchdog+0x258/0x270
[<ffffffff80512360>] ? fib6_gc_timer_cb+0x0/0x10
[<ffffffff8054ad63>] ? _spin_unlock_bh+0x23/0x30
[<ffffffff8049fc20>] ? dev_watchdog+0x0/0x270
[<ffffffff80254650>] run_timer_softirq+0x170/0x250
[<ffffffff8026adff>] ? clockevents_program_event+0x4f/0x90
[<ffffffff8024fcc4>] __do_softirq+0x84/0x100
[<ffffffff80213fdc>] call_softirq+0x1c/0x30
[<ffffffff802161ad>] do_softirq+0x5d/0xa0
[<ffffffff8024f92d>] irq_exit+0x9d/0xb0
[<ffffffff80224b84>] smp_apic_timer_interrupt+0x84/0xc0
[<ffffffff802138b3>] apic_timer_interrupt+0x83/0x90
<EOI> [<ffffffff8021b250>] ? mwait_idle+0x40/0x60
[<ffffffff80211662>] ? enter_idle+0x22/0x30
[<ffffffff802116dd>] ? cpu_idle+0x6d/0x120
[<ffffffff80538038>] ? rest_init+0x88/0x90

This happened less than half a minute after the transfer had started.
And it's going to happen earlier if I increase the load. With four
connections to two other hosts, the transmission usually pauses after
less than ten seconds. Sometimes it lasts for only two or three seconds.

Michael "Tired" Riepe <>
X-Tired: Each morning I get up I die a little

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