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SubjectRe: [PATCH] Fix starfire compiler warning on PAE
>> Odd. It seems to work with PAE now. pci_map_single just casts an address
>> though ... are the things you're passing it always allocated from ZONE_NORMAL?
>> I run these all the time on 16Gb machines with 16 processors (ia32 NUMA-Q).
>
> I get them from the network stack, and I supposed they're guaranteed to be
> in ZONE_NORMAL as long as the adapter doesn't list NETIF_F_HIGHDMA among
> its features. So yes, you're right that it will probably work with PAE,
> but it won't work with a real 64-bit box, methinks.

Well it seems like the Right Thing To Do anyway to make it all 64bit clean ;-)

> A few of these are mostly normal, it's the card signalling the driver that
> it is getting a Tx fifo underrun, and the driver responds by increasing
> the threshold at which the card starts transmitting the packet.

Can we not print them onto the console if they're normal then?

>> Jan 6 10:12:29 larry kernel: eth0: Increasing Tx FIFO threshold to 448 bytes
>> Jan 6 10:12:29 larry kernel: eth0: Increasing Tx FIFO threshold to 464 bytes
>
> These are very high, however; it could be that there really is very high
> contention on the PCI bus, but otherwise I can't explain them.
>
> If they stop before reaching 1500, then it's probably ok and just
> something you're gonna have to live with. Otherwise it's a bug of some
> sort.

I think the card took itself offline at this point, so it smells like a bug.
That's only been happening recently though (I've only noticed in the last
week from a year or two of use).

>> I also recall getting errors like "Something Wicked happened", but I
>> don't seem to be able to find them in the log right now.
>
> Yeah, the interrupt status (printed right after the messages) would have
> been helpful...

OK, will try to grab that.

> That said, there is a known race condition in the v1.3.6 of the driver,
> which could cause timeouts and erors under certain circumstances. It's all
> fixed in 1.3.9 (the full 64-bit support version) and 1.4.0 (NAPI support).
> Both of those will do real 64-bit transfers, without the need for double
> buffering, so it should help on your 16GB boxes.
>
> I could forward you one of those versions, if you want to test it. In
> fact, I'd appreciate some testing! :-)

Sure, send me the patch, these boxes bring out races like dying rich aunts
bring out friendly relatives. And I have a cabinet drawer full of starfire
cards ;-)

M.

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