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From: Kalle Valo <>
To: Erik Stromdahl <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] ath10k: remove TX lock from ath10k_htt_tx_inc_pending
Date: Tue, 17 Sep 2019 07:12:02 +0000 (UTC)	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <>

Erik Stromdahl <> wrote:

> This commit removes the call to ath10k_mac_tx_lock() from
> ath10k_htt_tx_inc_pending() in case the high water mark is reached.
> ath10k_mac_tx_lock() calls ieee80211_stop_queues() in order to stop
> mac80211 from pushing more TX data to the driver (this is the TX lock).
> If a driver is trying to fetch an skb from a queue while the queue is
> stopped, ieee80211_tx_dequeue() will return NULL.
> So, in ath10k_mac_tx_push_txq(), there is a risk that the call to
> ath10k_htt_tx_inc_pending() results in a stop of the mac80211 TX queues
> just before the skb is fetched.
> This will cause ieee80211_tx_dequeue() to return NULL and
> ath10k_mac_tx_push_txq() to exit prematurely and return -ENOENT.
> Before the function returns ath10k_htt_tx_dec_pending() will be called.
> This call will re-enable the TX queues through ath10k_mac_tx_unlock().
> When ath10k_mac_tx_push_txq() has returned, the TX queue will be
> returned back to mac80211 with ieee80211_return_txq() without the skb
> being properly consumed.
> Since the TX queues were re-enabled in the error exit path of
> ath10k_mac_tx_push_txq(), mac80211 can continue pushing data to the
> driver. If the hardware does not consume the data, the above mentioned
> case will be repeated over and over.
> A case when the hardware is not able to transmit the data from the host
> is when a STA has been dis-associated from an AP and has not yet been
> able to re-associate. In this case there will be no TX_COMPL_INDs from
> the hardware, resulting in the TX counter not be decremented.
> This phenomenon has been observed in both a real and a test setup.
> In order to fix this, the actual TX locking (the call to
> ath10k_mac_tx_lock()) was removed from ath10k_htt_tx_inc_pending().
> Instead, ath10k_mac_tx_lock() is called separately after the skb has
> been fetched (after the call to ieee80211_tx_dequeue()). At this point
> it is OK to stop the queues.
> Signed-off-by: Erik Stromdahl <>

What hardware and firmware versions did you test this? Please always add that
to the commit log.

As Erik mostly works on SDIO I assume PCI is not that well tested. Has anyone
else tried this?


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  parent reply	other threads:[~2019-09-17  7:12 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 5+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2019-08-24 13:48 Erik Stromdahl
2019-08-26  2:44 ` Wen Gong
2019-08-26 16:55   ` Erik Stromdahl
2019-09-17  7:12 ` Kalle Valo [this message]
2021-05-06  3:20   ` Sebastian Gottschall

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