Re: [PATCH] af_packet: Don't use skb after dev_queue_xmit()

From: Jarek Poplawski
Date: Mon Jan 18 2010 - 02:30:33 EST

On Sun, Jan 17, 2010 at 06:15:22PM -0500, Michael Breuer wrote:
> On 1/17/2010 6:05 PM, Jarek Poplawski wrote:
>> On Sun, Jan 17, 2010 at 05:34:19PM -0500, Michael Breuer wrote:
>>> On 1/17/2010 5:17 PM, Jarek Poplawski wrote:
>>>> On Sun, Jan 17, 2010 at 11:26:46AM -0500, Michael Breuer wrote:
>>>>> On 01/13/2010 04:16 PM, Michael Breuer wrote:
>>>>>> On 1/13/2010 4:09 PM, Jarek Poplawski wrote:
>>>>>>> On Wed, Jan 13, 2010 at 03:39:37PM -0500, Michael Breuer wrote:
>>>>> Update: after leaving the system up for a few days, I hit the DMAR
>>>>> error again.
>>>> My proposal is to send some summary as a new thread, with dmar in the
>>>> subject, and cc-ed dmar maintainers.
>>> Not sure I agree. The symptoms are identical to those I hit without
>>> DMAR earlier on. Also, as this issue only happens when there is high
>>> receive load, I'm thinking there's some sort of race between TX and
>>> RX within the sky2 driver, or hardware. I think that DMAR is
>>> correctly catching the error.
>> Hmm... OK, then let's wait with this report and go back to testing
>> it "really really long" ;-) without DMAR, and maybe without the
>> last Stephen's patch either? (So only the two things in the current
>> linux-2.6.)
>> Jarek P.
> Ok - but absent the last patch, I think I still need the pskb_may_pull
> patch... so it'd be pskb_may_pull and afpacket v3 and no DMAR.

Exactly. Or if it's working for you already, the mainline (2.6.33-rc4)
with the pskb_may_pull patch. And check for warnings from the latter.

> Also - not sure if related, but there's still the odd tx side behavior
> when RX is under load. That I CAN reproduce at will (yesterday's report
> - no crash, but I confirmed that DHCPOFFER packets are being dropped
> somewhere after wireshark sees them and before hitting the wire.

I'm not sure either, but until there is no crash it might be some
minor bug or/and missing stat. Btw, you could probably try alternative
test with ping from this overloaded box to the router and win7.

> I am also wondering whether or not that testing I did yesterday set up
> today's hang - perhaps those lost TX packets are corrupting something
> that manifests worse later.

Maybe, but you wrote earlier they had to fix something around this
DMAR in the meantime, because it triggered much faster during your
previous tests. So, I don't know why you assume this DMAR has to be
correct this time.

Jarek P.
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