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SubjectRe: BNX2: Kernel crashes with 2.6.31 and
Michael Chan wrote:
> On Thu, 2010-03-11 at 10:05 -0800, David Miller wrote:
>> From: "Michael Chan" <>
>> Date: Thu, 11 Mar 2010 09:49:56 -0800
>>> On Wed, 2010-03-10 at 18:09 -0800, Brian Haley wrote:
>>>>>> I'm able to cause a netdev_watchdog timeout by changing the coalesce
>>>>>> settings on my bnx2, I built a little test program for it:
>>>>> Do you run this program in a loop? How quickly do you see the NETDEV
>>>> It's run once, and we see it almost immediately after ETHTOOL_SCOALESCE.
>>> What's the difference between running the test program and doing ethtool
>>> -C? Do you see the issue in either case? I don't see the issue here
>>> with ethtool -C.
>> Probably because the independent program runs faster and thus
>> can trigger races more easily.

A customer provided some test code that triggered this hang, so
I've just been using it. I just used ethtool and it happened too:

# ethtool -C eth0 rx-usecs 0 rx-frames 1 rx-usecs-irq 0 rx-frames-irq 1

If the interface is down, no problem.

> That's what I thought, I thought he was running it in a loop and
> triggering some race condition. But he said he only ran it once. His
> program gets the coalesce settings, sleeps for 5 seconds, and then sets
> the coalesce settings.

The 5 seconds was there only because this was a snippet from a larger
function that was doing a lot of ETHTOOL ioctl()'s, and I wanted to
wait between each call to see which was causing this. Removing the
sleep() still triggers the watchdog.

>> In any case, you should be trying to reproduce his problem with
>> his test program since he went through the effort of providing
>> one.
> I just tried it and cannot reproduce the problem.
> Brian, please provide more information. Thanks.

I can only reproduce this on one system out of many, so it's either a
race condition or bad hardware. The only thing I can confirm at the
moment is that it's the code at the bottom of bnx2_set_coalesce()
that's causing it, I'm trying to go through all those codepaths now.

# lspci -vv -s 04:00
04:00.0 Ethernet controller: Broadcom Corporation NetXtreme II BCM5708 Gigabit Ethernet (rev 12)
Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company NC373i Integrated Multifunction Gigabit Server Adapter
Control: I/O- Mem+ BusMaster+ SpecCycle- MemWINV+ VGASnoop- ParErr+ Stepping- SERR+ FastB2B- DisINTx+
Status: Cap+ 66MHz+ UDF- FastB2B+ ParErr- DEVSEL=medium >TAbort- <TAbort- <MAbort- >SERR- <PERR- INTx-
Latency: 64 (16000ns min), Cache Line Size: 64 bytes
Interrupt: pin A routed to IRQ 65
Region 0: Memory at f6000000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=32M]
[virtual] Expansion ROM at d0200000 [disabled] [size=2K]
Capabilities: [40] PCI-X non-bridge device
Command: DPERE- ERO- RBC=512 OST=8
Status: Dev=04:00.0 64bit+ 133MHz+ SCD- USC- DC=simple DMMRBC=512 DMOST=8 DMCRS=32 RSCEM- 266MHz- 533MHz-
Capabilities: [48] Power Management version 2
Flags: PMEClk- DSI- D1- D2- AuxCurrent=0mA PME(D0-,D1-,D2-,D3hot+,D3cold+)
Status: D0 PME-Enable- DSel=0 DScale=1 PME-
Capabilities: [50] Vital Product Data <?>
Capabilities: [58] Message Signalled Interrupts: Mask- 64bit+ Queue=0/0 Enable+
Address: 00000000fee0100c Data: 4182
Kernel driver in use: bnx2
Kernel modules: bnx2

# ethtool -i eth0
driver: bnx2
version: 2.0.2
firmware-version: 1.9.6
bus-info: 0000:04:00.0

What other info would help?


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