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SubjectRe: 1e918876 breaks r8169 (linux-3.18+)
On Fri, 06 Feb 2015 15:04:50 +0100, Tomas Szepe wrote:

> Unfortunately, I have to take this back. I made the conclusion too early.
> The problem appears with this patch applied, too, only perhaps later and
> with a different frequency pattern.

+1 can confirm - I also see the stack trace in question [1] from time to
time, however even under low/moderate load and more or less randomly.
This also used to happen with 3.14.x, so I don't think it has anything
to do woth the BQL patch pe se.

I *think* - and have suspected for some time now - that this is caused by
a change in TSO/GSO or other offload settings, and that some r8169 models
consequently suffer occasional (or in your case frequent) hiccups.
BQL and/or a qdisc doing requeues might just interfer with whatever upsets
the driver or HW.

I used to turn on all possible settings via ethtool, but am now back to
defaults, which disables sg/tso/gso. Exactly which of these settings is the
culprit remains to be seen.



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