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Re: kern/41918: pppoe BROKEN: panic:kernel diagnostic assertion "!cpu_softintr_p()" ... subr_kmem.c

On Sun, Aug 23, 2009 at 03:29:07PM -0400, Christos Zoulas wrote:
> On Aug 23,  5:45pm, (David Young) wrote:
> -- Subject: Re: kern/41918: pppoe BROKEN: panic:kernel diagnostic assertion "
> |  I don't know if it is related, but iwn(4) and pppoe(4) are both doing
> |  "funny" things with IFF_UP.  It is inexcusable in the case of iwn(4),
> |  which should modify IFF_RUNNING, instead.  I don't understand how/why
> |  pppoe(4) messes with IFF_UP, yet, but it probably should not.
> |  
> What's funny about it? It just clears it on error like all the other
> wireless drivers do. Can you please explain what you mean?

iwn(4) clears IFF_UP in no fewer than five places, three times in
interrupt handlers, once in the watchdog routine, and once in the ioctl
routine.  I know that all wireless drivers don't do that.

IFF_UP means "administratively enabled."  It expresses the
administrator's intent that the interface should operate.  We leave
it to other flags and variables to indicate whether the interface can
actually operate: IFF_RUNNING and media state.

It looks to me like iwn(4) should clear IFF_RUNNING when the radio is
inactive, but it should never clear IFF_UP.


David Young             OJC Technologies      Urbana, IL * (217) 278-3933

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