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SubjectRe: [RFC][PATCH] mkiss.[ch]
Bernd Driegert wrote :
>
> The following patch does (hopefully):
> 1) change MOD_xxx_USE_COUNT to module calls
> 2) change cli() to use spin_lock
>
> Can someone check:
> a) ist it right in terms of usage (it's my first try for cleanup)
> b) does it work with the appropriate HW, since im no ham-guy
>
> Bernd
>

I tried to apply your patch to mkiss.ch (I am using kernel 2.4.19-16mdk)
but two functions are missing :

try_module_get() and module_put()

Are these only available with 2.5.x kernels or is it possible to
incorporate them in previous kernel versions ?

I suspect your patch is very important because I am using mkiss and it
gives interrupt problems in all 2.4.x kernels I have used, resulting in
system malfunctions after mkiss driver is insmoded : at least bad AX25
frame decoding and ethernet dysfunctions on low speed machines.

The worst situation lead to system crash with softirq interrupt handler
problems and kernel panic.

I traced the numerous kernel panic I had and they are related to
__wake_up() in sched.c
I agree that this could be caused by cli() in mkiss.c

73 de Bernard, F6BVP

> --- linux-2.5.56/drivers/net/hamradio/mkiss.h Sun Jan 12 14:22:50 2003
> +++ mkiss.h Sun Jan 12 14:24:22 2003
> @@ -55,6 +55,7 @@
> #define CRC_MODE_NONE 0
> #define CRC_MODE_FLEX 1
> #define CRC_MODE_SMACK 2
> + spinlock_t driver_lock;
> };
>
> #define AX25_MAGIC 0x5316
> --- linux-2.5.56/drivers/net/hamradio/mkiss.c Mon Nov 18 05:29:57 2002
> +++ mkiss.c Sun Jan 12 15:55:06 2003
> @@ -253,8 +253,7 @@
> return;
> }
>
> - save_flags(flags);
> - cli();
> + spin_lock_irqsave(&ax->driver_lock, flags);
>
> oxbuff = ax->xbuff;
> ax->xbuff = xbuff;
> @@ -285,7 +284,7 @@
> ax->mtu = dev->mtu + 73;
> ax->buffsize = len;
>
> - restore_flags(flags);
> + spin_unlock_irqrestore(&ax->driver_lock, flags);
>
> if (oxbuff != NULL)
> kfree(oxbuff);
> @@ -676,7 +675,7 @@
> tmp_ax->mkiss = ax;
> }
>
> - MOD_INC_USE_COUNT;
> + try_module_get(THIS_MODULE);
>
> /* Done. We have linked the TTY line to a channel. */
> return ax->dev->base_addr;
> @@ -696,7 +695,7 @@
> ax->tty = NULL;
>
> ax_free(ax);
> - MOD_DEC_USE_COUNT;
> + module_put(THIS_MODULE);
> }
>
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