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SubjectRe: net: thunder: change q_len's type to handle max ring size
From: Dean Nelson <>

> The Cavium thunder nicvf driver supports rx/tx rings of up to 65536 entries per.
> The number of entires are stored in the q_len member of struct q_desc_mem. The
> problem is that q_len being a u16, results in 65536 becoming 0.
> In getting pointers to descriptors in the rings, the driver uses q_len minus 1
> as a mask after incrementing the pointer, in order to go back to the beginning
> and not go past the end of the ring.
> With the q_len set to 0 the mask is no longer correct and the driver does go
> beyond the end of the ring, causing various ills. Usually the first thing that
> shows up is a "NETDEV WATCHDOG: enP2p1s0f1 (nicvf): transmit queue 7 timed out"
> warning.
> This patch remedies the problem by changing q_len to a u32.
> Signed-off-by: Dean Nelson <>

Applied, thanks.

Another way to solve this could have been to encode that length
as "length - 1"

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