Re: 1e918876 breaks r8169 (linux-3.18+)

From: Eric Dumazet
Date: Sat Feb 21 2015 - 13:09:23 EST

On Sat, 2015-02-21 at 18:46 +0100, Florian Westphal wrote:
> Eric Dumazet <eric.dumazet@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > Hold on.
> >
> > I believe there is one race in the way you access skb->xmit_more _after_
> >
> > txd->opts1 = cpu_to_le32(status);
> >
> > After this point, TX might have completed and TX completion already have
> > freed skb
> Hmm, I _thought_ HW would not start xmit of this descriptor/skb until after
> RTL_W8(TxPoll, NPQ);

Note this 'kick' does not provide tail ptr.

NIC basically looks at TX descriptors to find ones with the DescOwn bit
set. It stops when if find one TX descriptor _without_ DescOwn.

So what can happen here is the NIC was kicked earlier (prior transmit),
but found your TX descriptor, before you got a chance to read

This is why we have these wmb() everywhere. We want to do

txd->opts1 = XXX

Only when we are really ready.

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