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Re: [PATCH] r8169 NAPI addition

To: Francois Romieu <romieu@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] r8169 NAPI addition
From: Jon D Mason <jonmason@xxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sat, 24 Apr 2004 13:59:50 -0600
Cc: jgarzik@xxxxxxxxx, netdev@xxxxxxxxxxx
Sender: netdev-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxx
> If I am not mistaken (1:55 AM here), either 1) you do not clear the RX
> related bits of IntrStatus in r8169_interrupt() but you clear it in
> rtl8169_poll() and you add local_irq_{en/dis}able() to rtl8169_poll()
> (ala 8139cp.c) or 2) you modify r8169_interrupt() so that it can signal
> to rtl8169_poll() that it cleared itself the Rx bits of IntrStatus 
> rtl8169_poll() was running (ala epic100-netdev).
>If you hesitate, go for 1). 2) works but I have not benchmarketed it yet 

Actually, I implemented it in a different way (though similar to #1).  I 
have the Rx and TX bits not being cleared from the Interrupt status 
register while polling (which doesn't matter because they aren't in the 
interrupt mask).  After the poll completes, the mask is reset to include 
the Tx and Rx bit.  If any new packets that came in while it was doing the 
poll work, the interrupt will pop when the mask is reset (and the new work 
will get scheduled).  When the interrupt handler gets called now, it will 
clear the Rx and Tx interrupt bits.

I'm sure the code explains it better than the words above. :-)

>If you have doubts regarding your Tx part, feel free to send any code.

The Tx code has been integrated with the latest version of my NAPI patch. 
It is actually working very well.  Take a peek and let me know what you 

BTW, I did a little code clean-up in these changes.  If you want me to 
split it out into a separate patch, just let me know.


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