Re: Using netconsole for debugging suspend/resume

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Matt Mackall wrote:
That's odd. Netpoll holds a reference to the device, of course, but so
does a normal "up" interface. So that shouldn't be the problem.
Another possibility is that outgoing packets from printks in the
driver are causing difficulty. Not sure what can be done about that.
I only tried once; maybe I misunderstood what was going on. I'll try again tonight.

Oh, I think I see what's happening.  The e1000 suspend routine does this:

	if (netif_running(netdev))

This leaves the interface up, but it stops the queue. Then netpoll_send_skb() has this loop:

	do {
		np->dev->xmit_lock_owner = smp_processor_id();

		 * network drivers do not expect to be called if the queue is
		 * stopped.
		if (netif_queue_stopped(np->dev)) {
			np->dev->xmit_lock_owner = -1;
/* ... */
again: /* proposed */
	} while (npinfo->tries > 0);

so this will end up in an infinite loop, since netif_queue_stopped() will always return true, and it never looks at npinfo->tries. Should the "continue" be "goto again"?

Also, e1000_down does a netif_poll_disable(), but I'm not sure what that actually does... Should it prevent netpoll from even trying to send?
It's generally going to suck, because unlike a polled serial port, the
device needs to be put to sleep. But if you're doing suspend to RAM,
I'm interested in suspend-to-ram. I presume that with suspend-to-disk, booting with built-in netconsole will tell me useful stuff; that'll be the next experiment.

you might be able to do something like this:

- unhook net device from suspend machinery (possibly just return success)
- bounce out of suspend before the final call to ACPI is made

Net effect is you do OS-level suspend and resume of everything but the
NIC without actually powering down the core. Which should let you
debug just about everything.

Well, the machine has to really suspend so that I can see (and debug) a mostly normal resume. In particular, I need the hardware to be zapped so I can see if it is being restarted properly.

What might work is to change the e1000 suspend routine to save enough state for resume to work, but keep the interface up so that netconsole can keep transmitting all the way up to the point that the final acpi call powers off the machine.

Then the e1000 would resume normally, including restarting the xmit queue so that netconsole can start again immediately; any netconsole output before the e1000 resume would be lost, of course (I guess it could be buffered). That would suit me for now.


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