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Re: [Xen-devel] compound skb frag pages appearing in start_xmit

On Tue, 2012-10-09 at 14:47 +0100, Ian Campbell wrote:
> Hi Eric,

Hi Ian

> Sander has discovered an issue where xen-netback is given a compound
> page as one of the skb frag pages to transmit. Currently netback can
> only handle PAGE_SIZE'd frags and bugs out.
> I suspect this is something to do with 69b08f62e174 "net: use bigger
> pages in __netdev_alloc_frag", although perhaps not because it looks
> like only tg3 uses it and Sander has an r8169. Also tg3 seems to only
> call netdev_alloc_frag for sizes < PAGE_SIZE. I'm probably missing
> something.

Its not the commit you want ;)

> Are all net drivers expected to be able to handle compound pages in the
> frags? Obviously it is to their benefit to do so, so it is something
> I'll want to look into for netback.

Not sure why a net driver would care of COMPOUND page at all ?

a Fragment has a struct page *, and a size.

a page can be order-0, order-1, order-2, order-3, ...

> I expect the main factor here is bridging/forwarding, since the
> receiving NIC and its driver appear to support compound pages but the
> outgoing NIC (netback in this case) does not.
> I guess my question is should I be rushing to fix netback ASAP or should
> I rather be looking for a bug somewhere which caused a frag of this type
> to get as far as netback's start_xmit in the first place?
> Or am I just barking up the wrong tree to start with?

The problem comes because of 


And yes, we must find a way to cope with this problem in your driver,
because you can also benefit from increase of performance once fixed ;)

And yes I can certainly help, as I am the author of this patch ;)


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