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SubjectRe: unregister_netdevice: waiting for eth0 to become free. Usage count = 1
On Wed, Aug 9, 2017 at 6:26 PM, John Stultz <> wrote:
> On Wed, Aug 9, 2017 at 5:36 PM, Wei Wang <> wrote:
>> On Wed, Aug 9, 2017 at 4:44 PM, John Stultz <> wrote:
>>> On Wed, Aug 9, 2017 at 4:34 PM, Cong Wang <> wrote:
>>>> (Cc'ing Wei whose commit was blamed)
>>>> On Mon, Aug 7, 2017 at 2:15 PM, John Stultz <> wrote:
>>>>> On Mon, Aug 7, 2017 at 2:05 PM, John Stultz <> wrote:
>>>>>> So, with recent testing with my HiKey board, I've been noticing some
>>>>>> quirky behavior with my USB eth adapter.
>>>>>> Basically, pluging the usb eth adapter in and then removing it, when
>>>>>> plugging it back in I often find that its not detected, and the system
>>>>>> slowly spits out the following message over and over:
>>>>>> unregister_netdevice: waiting for eth0 to become free. Usage count = 1
>>>>> The other bit is that after this starts printing, the board will no
>>>>> longer reboot (it hangs continuing to occasionally print the above
>>>>> message), and I have to manually reset the device.
>>>> So this warning is not temporarily shown but lasts until a reboot,
>>>> right? If so it is a dst refcnt leak.
>>> Correct, once I get into the state it lasts until a reboot.
>>>> How reproducible is it for you? From my reading, it seems always
>>>> reproduced when you unplug and plug your usb eth interface?
>>>> Is there anything else involved? For example, network namespace.
>>> So with 4.13-rc3/4 I seem to trigger it easily, often with the first
>>> unplug of the USB eth adapter.
>>> But as I get back closer to 4.12, it seemingly becomes harder to
>>> trigger, but sometimes still happens.
>>> So far, I've not been able to trigger it with 4.12.
>>> I don't think network namespaces are involved? Though its out of my
>>> area, so AOSP may be using them these days. Is there a simple way to
>>> check?
>>> I'll also do another bisection to see if the bad point moves back any further.
> So I went through another bisection around and got 9514528d92d4 ipv6:
> call dst_dev_put() properly as the first bad commit again.
>> If you see the problem starts to happen on commit
>> 9514528d92d4cbe086499322370155ed69f5d06c, could you try reverting all
>> the following commits:
>> (from new to old)
>> 1eb04e7c9e63 net: reorder all the dst flags
>> a4c2fd7f7891 net: remove DST_NOCACHE flag
>> b2a9c0ed75a3 net: remove DST_NOGC flag
>> 5b7c9a8ff828 net: remove dst gc related code
>> db916649b5dd ipv6: get rid of icmp6 dst garbage collector
>> 587fea741134 ipv6: mark DST_NOGC and remove the operation of dst_free()
>> ad65a2f05695 ipv6: call dst_hold_safe() properly
>> 9514528d92d4 ipv6: call dst_dev_put() properly
> And reverting this set off of 4.13-rc4 seems to make the issue go away.
> Is there anything I can test to help narrow down the specific problem
> with that patchset?

Thanks John for confirming.
Let me spend some time on the commits and I will let you know if I
have some debug image for you to try.


> thanks
> -john

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