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Re: CVS commit: src/sys/net

On Sat, Apr 04, 2009 at 08:59:39PM +0000, Andrew Doran wrote:
> On Sat, Apr 04, 2009 at 09:04:36PM +0900, Masao Uebayashi wrote:
> > I think you have to take softnet_lock, since bridge_forward() is called from
> > softint where not lock is held.
> There is a minor problem with this. If you look elsewhere in the networking
> code softints and callouts are usually created with flag SOFTINT_MPSAFE, and
> if required the handler takes kernel_lock directly.
> The main reason for this is as follows. In the socket layer and pretty much
> eveywhere else we take these locks in the order softnet_lock -> kernel_lock.
> It is permissible to mix ordering between adaptive mutexes/rwlocks and
> kernel_lock. So you can also safely go kernel_lock -> softnet_lock. However,
> this causes the deadlock detection code in mutex_onproc() to fire when there
> is lock contention, leading to a context switch storm.

Actually there are 9 subsystems using softint_establish()/softnet_lock
in sys/net, only one using SOFTINT_MPSAFE. Will is just slow down the
system, or cause hang or panic ?

Manuel Bouyer <>
     NetBSD: 26 ans d'experience feront toujours la difference

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