call for bge(4) testers

Pyun YongHyeon pyunyh at
Wed Aug 23 11:11:17 UTC 2006

On Wed, Aug 23, 2006 at 03:06:19PM +0400, Gleb Smirnoff wrote:
 > On Wed, Aug 23, 2006 at 07:51:18PM +0900, Pyun YongHyeon wrote:
 > P>  > P> Its sole purpose is to reinitialize hardware for real watchdog
 > P>  > P> timeouts. It's not fix for general watchdog timeouts. As I said other
 > P>  > P> mails, the fake watchdog timeout(losing Tx interrupts) for hardwares
 > P>  > P> with Tx interrupt moderation capability could be normal thing. So I
 > P>  > P> just want to know bge(4) also has the same feature(bug).
 > P>  > 
 > P>  > According to several emails about em(4) fake watchdog timeouts, the
 > P>  > problem can be fixed by setting debug.mpsafenet=0. This makes me think
 > P>  > that the problem isn't caused by TX interrupt moderation, but some race
 > P>  > in the kernel. Really, if_slowtimo() doesn't acquire driver lock before
 > P>  > checking and modifying the if_timer field.
 > P>  > 
 > P> 
 > P> Hmm... I didn't say the problem was caused by TX interrupt moderation.
 > P> I can't sure but I'm under the impression it has *two* different issues.
 > P> If you think fake watchdog timeout fix is not adequate one please
 > P> let me know. I'll backout the change if you want.
 > I don't think you should backout it until we find a solution.
 > However, I'd ask you don't MFC it.

ok. Lets find out real cause of bug.

 > P>  > Afaik, NIC drivers that can do interrupt moderation should set a timer
 > P>  > to a sane value, based on interrupt moderation settings, so that the
 > P>  > watchdog won't be ever called fakely.
 > P> 
 > P> Yes. Normally it should. But I saw the issues on Marvell Yukon too.
 > Does Marvell Yukon have interrupt moderation?

Yes. Check archives for sk(4) watchdog.

Pyun YongHyeon

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