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Subjectsky2 hangs
Hello,
I have a sky2 network card in my intel mac mini. It stops working when I
do havy network load like watching a divx over http/sshfs. However if I
remove the driver module and load it again it works and even the tcp
connection doesn't get shutdown. I automated the above procedure using
a userland watchdog which basically does the same thing and is written
entirely by me, because the traditional watchdog wasn't that reliable
and did a lot of false positives:

* Look every ten seconds if my default router is pingable (3
pings, one has to get back).
If it isn't the case I call network_fix script (it calls the
script only once after a ping gets lost. To run the script again at least one
ping has to arrive again)

(mini) [~] cat /usr/local/sbin/fix_network
#!/bin/bash

export PATH=/bin:/usr/bin:/usr/sbin:/sbin

rmmod sky2
modprobe sky2
ifdown eth0
ifup eth0

If after that no ping is received from the default
router for another 90 seconds I tell init to reboot and
stop feeding the kernel software watchdog.

* My watchdog also checks if sshd process is running. If it is
down for more than 100 seconds it reboots the machine, too.

Jan 27 22:35:35 mini watchdog-tg[4146]: No PONG received from 192.168.0.3 (failure 1 of 10)
Jan 27 22:35:35 mini watchdog-tg[4146]: Running fix_network script.
Jan 27 22:38:46 mini watchdog-tg[4146]: No PONG received from 192.168.0.3 (failure 1 of 10)
Jan 27 22:38:46 mini watchdog-tg[4146]: Running fix_network script.
Jan 27 22:44:17 mini watchdog-tg[4146]: No PONG received from 192.168.0.3 (failure 1 of 10)
Jan 27 22:44:17 mini watchdog-tg[4146]: Running fix_network script.
Jan 29 12:00:13 mini watchdog-tg[4146]: No PONG received from 192.168.0.3 (failure 1 of 10)
Jan 29 12:00:13 mini watchdog-tg[4146]: Running fix_network script.
Jan 29 19:18:59 mini watchdog-tg[4146]: No PONG received from 192.168.0.3 (failure 1 of 10)
Jan 29 19:18:59 mini watchdog-tg[4146]: Running fix_network script.
Jan 31 15:56:29 mini watchdog-tg[4146]: No PONG received from 192.168.0.3 (failure 1 of 10)
Jan 31 15:56:29 mini watchdog-tg[4146]: Running fix_network script.
Feb 1 08:56:57 mini watchdog-tg[4146]: No PONG received from 192.168.0.3 (failure 1 of 10)
Feb 1 08:56:57 mini watchdog-tg[4146]: Running fix_network script.

I have a question to this: I wonder why the Linux Kernel (no longer?)
increments the use counter of an ethernet driver (I saw it on sky2 and
e1000) when the interface is up, running and configured? I can unload
the sky2 driver without doing a 'ifconfig eth0 down' beforehand. Could
somone provide me with background on this fact?

With that everything works. If somone is interested in my userland
watchdog, just send me an E-Mail.

@Sam: I can provide you access to my hardware including root access via
the wifi driver so that you can debug this network driver lockup, if you
want to.

Thomas
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