Networking shafted [was Re: buffer patch blah blah]

Philippe Strauss (
Tue, 5 Aug 1997 00:02:28 +0200

On %M %N, Alan Cox wrote
> > Linus: just fix the buffer cache problem please! This seems to be the
> > bug that is causing all the lock-ups and memory oops and such.
> No. The fact the networking is totally shafted also causes a lot of oopses

Hmm. totally shafted? just that?

Seem DaveM and Eric Schenk fixed a ton of bugs. What remains/have been added
at the same time? We've seen quiet some oops report with tcp_recv_from
in the call trace. I also read DaveM suspecting the Syn-cookie code.
What else?

> > 1) ask the driver maintainer for the latest stable driver patch against
> > 2.0.31 when it is released, or...
> The new tulip should be in the 2.0.31 kernel.
> > 2) go purchase hardware that is known to be supported.
> Not possible, the only chip that the old old driver supported is
> replaced now.
> > 2.0 tree. Security and fatal bug fixes *only*. other than that 2.0
> > supports what it supports and you should wait for 2.2/3.0 to include new
> > hardware support.
> Both the AHA29xx and tulip are pretty fatal if you have these boards. Neither
> of these are "new things" they are bug fixes. Also just about everyone with
> a tulip is already using the new driver.

What about the huge usage of kernel stack of the AHA29xx driver?
Fixed in new release of the driver, or still the same ?


> Alan

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