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Subject[patch] net: dev_watchdog() locking fix

* Ingo Molnar <> wrote:

> > patch below should apply to tail of current-ish -mm. Build and boot
> > tested on x86_64.
> btw., lockdep noticed a locking breakage in netconsole, see the log
> below. My guess: dev_watchdog shouldnt be taking the lock without _bh.

fallout of the recent big networking merge i guess. Tested fix below.
David, Herbert, do you agree with it, or is it a false positive?


Subject: [patch] net: dev_watchdog() locking fix
From: Ingo Molnar <>

lockdep noticed the following bug:

[ INFO: inconsistent lock state ]
2.6.19-mm1 #4
inconsistent {softirq-on-W} -> {in-softirq-W} usage.
swapper/0 [HC0[0]:SC1[1]:HE1:SE0] takes:
(&dev->_xmit_lock){-+..}, at: [<ffffffff80453151>] dev_watchdog+0x15/0xe0
{softirq-on-W} state was registered at:
[<ffffffff80251078>] mark_lock+0x78/0x3cf
[<ffffffff80251422>] mark_held_locks+0x53/0x71
[<ffffffff802515ed>] trace_hardirqs_on+0x113/0x137
[<ffffffff803cda5f>] rtl8139_poll+0x3c9/0x3ee
[<ffffffff8044f03d>] netpoll_poll+0xa1/0x32f
[<ffffffff8044ef44>] netpoll_send_skb+0xdf/0x137
[<ffffffff8044f5b4>] netpoll_send_udp+0x263/0x270
[<ffffffff803ce632>] write_msg+0x4c/0x7e
[<ffffffff8023671b>] __call_console_drivers+0x5f/0x70
[<ffffffff80236790>] _call_console_drivers+0x64/0x68
[<ffffffff80236e6c>] release_console_sem+0x148/0x207
[<ffffffff80237165>] register_console+0x1b1/0x1ba
[<ffffffff803ce5b4>] init_netconsole+0x54/0x68
[<ffffffff802071d9>] init+0x178/0x347
[<ffffffff8020ab98>] child_rip+0xa/0x12
[<ffffffffffffffff>] 0xffffffffffffffff
irq event stamp: 23912
hardirqs last enabled at (23912): [<ffffffff804aedc5>] _spin_unlock_irq+0x28/0x52
hardirqs last disabled at (23911): [<ffffffff804aecec>] _spin_lock_irq+0xf/0x3e
softirqs last enabled at (23896): [<ffffffff8023befd>] __do_softirq+0xdb/0xe4
softirqs last disabled at (23909): [<ffffffff8020af0c>] call_softirq+0x1c/0x30

other info that might help us debug this:
no locks held by swapper/0.

stack backtrace:

Call Trace:
[<ffffffff8020b304>] dump_trace+0xc1/0x3eb
[<ffffffff8020b667>] show_trace+0x39/0x57
[<ffffffff8020b89c>] dump_stack+0x13/0x15
[<ffffffff80250cff>] print_usage_bug+0x26b/0x27a
[<ffffffff8025112b>] mark_lock+0x12b/0x3cf
[<ffffffff80251b0b>] __lock_acquire+0x3c0/0xa0f
[<ffffffff80252426>] lock_acquire+0x4d/0x67
[<ffffffff804ae747>] _spin_lock+0x2c/0x38
[<ffffffff80453151>] dev_watchdog+0x15/0xe0
[<ffffffff802401d9>] run_timer_softirq+0x167/0x1db
[<ffffffff8023be84>] __do_softirq+0x62/0xe4
[<ffffffff8020af0c>] call_softirq+0x1c/0x30
[<ffffffff8020c6a2>] do_softirq+0x36/0x9c
[<ffffffff8023bb47>] irq_exit+0x45/0x51
[<ffffffff80219d79>] smp_apic_timer_interrupt+0x49/0x5c
[<ffffffff8020a9bb>] apic_timer_interrupt+0x6b/0x70
[<ffffffff80208823>] default_idle+0x36/0x50
[<ffffffff802088d8>] cpu_idle+0x9b/0xd4
[<ffffffff802193f9>] start_secondary+0x498/0x4a7

taking the lock _bh safe fixes it for me.

Signed-off-by: Ingo Molnar <>
net/sched/sch_generic.c | 4 ++--
1 file changed, 2 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

Index: linux-mm-genapic.q/net/sched/sch_generic.c
--- linux-mm-genapic.q.orig/net/sched/sch_generic.c
+++ linux-mm-genapic.q/net/sched/sch_generic.c
@@ -197,7 +197,7 @@ static void dev_watchdog(unsigned long a
struct net_device *dev = (struct net_device *)arg;

- netif_tx_lock(dev);
+ netif_tx_lock_bh(dev);
if (dev->qdisc != &noop_qdisc) {
if (netif_device_present(dev) &&
netif_running(dev) &&
@@ -213,7 +213,7 @@ static void dev_watchdog(unsigned long a
- netif_tx_unlock(dev);
+ netif_tx_unlock_bh(dev);

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