Re: Kernel WARNING: at net/core/dev.c:1330__netif_schedule+0x2c/0x98()

From: Jarek Poplawski
Date: Wed Jul 23 2008 - 07:30:31 EST

On Wed, Jul 23, 2008 at 12:58:16PM +0200, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> Ah, right,...
> that takes a whole bunch of locks at once..
> Is that really needed? - when I grep for its usage its surprisingly few
> drivers using it and even less generic code.
> When I look at the mac802.11 code in ieee80211_tx_pending() it looks
> like it can do with just one lock at a time, instead of all - but I
> might be missing some obvious details.
> So I guess my question is, is netif_tx_lock() here to stay, or is the
> right fix to convert all those drivers to use __netif_tx_lock() which
> locks only a single queue?

It's a new thing mainly for new hardware/drivers, and just after
conversion (older drivers effectively use __netif_tx_lock()), so it'll
probably stay for some time until something better is found. David,
will tell the rest, I hope.

Jarek P.
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