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    SubjectRe: QUESTION: Network hangs with BP6 and 2.4.x kernels, hardware
    On Fri, Jan 12, 2001 at 04:36:33PM -0800, Linus Torvalds wrote:
    > It may well not be disable_irq() that is buggy. In fact, there's good
    > reason to believe that it's a hardware problem.

    I am inclined to believe it IS a hardware problem... If disable_irq were buggy,
    wouldn't the problem occur more frequently in other irq-heavy areas? A quick
    count shows that disable_irq* is used in 84 sourcefiles in the driver/*
    directory. This includes drivers which generate many interrupts in a short
    timeframe (like ide).

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