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SubjectRe: [PATCH 2/2] ath10k: switch to ieee80211_tx_dequeue_ni

On 10/1/19 7:13 PM, Peter Oh wrote:
> On 10/1/19 4:48 AM, Kalle Valo wrote:
>> Erik Stromdahl <> writes:
>>> Since ath10k_mac_tx_push_txq() can be called from process context, we
>>> must explicitly disable softirqs before the call into mac80211.
>>> By calling ieee80211_tx_dequeue_ni() instead of ieee80211_tx_dequeue()
>>> we make sure softirqs are always disabled even in the case when
>>> ath10k_mac_tx_push_txq() is called from process context.
>>> Calling ieee80211_tx_dequeue_ni() with softirq's already disabled
>>> (e.g., from softirq context) should be safe as the local_bh_disable()
>>> and local_bh_enable() functions (called from ieee80211_tx_dequeue_ni)
>>> are fully reentrant.
>>> Signed-off-by: Erik Stromdahl <>
>> I already applied this, but I still want to check _why_ you are changing
>> this? Is it that you want to call ath10k_mac_tx_push_pending() from a
>> workqueue in sdio.c in a future patch, or what? Because at the moment me
>> and Johannes were not able to find where this is called in process
>> context.
SDIO irqs are threaded irqs (at least on my iMX6 board) and hence process context.
I will see if I can find a trace that shows the call chain more exactly.

> It seems Johannes wants to fix it in mac80211.
> [PATCH v2] mac80211: keep BHs disabled while calling drv_tx_wake_queue()
> Drivers typically expect this, as it's the case for almost all cases
> where this is called (i.e. from the TX path). Also, the code in mac80211
> itself (if the driver calls ieee80211_tx_dequeue()) expects this as it
> uses this_cpu_ptr() without additional protection.

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