Thanks for your response. I wonder if I misunderstand
your advice. When looking at the if_rl.c (dated Dec
14), there's already a timer attached to
ifp->if_watchdog. Is this the timer you referred to?
If so, it looks like this timer never called by the
driver in my case as I never saw "watchdog timeout"

Any advice?

--- Terry Lambert <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> Shizuka Kudo wrote:
> > Is anyone still seeing the "No buffer space
> availabe"
> > message in 5.0-CURRENT? I have checked the mail
> > archieve and saw several replies, but none worked
> in
> > my case.
> > 
> > I have a Thinkpad 600X with a Melco cardbus 10/100
> > ethernet card (a Realtek 8139B) running 5.0
> > kernel with NMBCLUSTERS=16384.
> > "No buffer space available" occurred when I tried
> to
> > ftp a file in my Thinkpad from other client.
> "ifconfig
> > rl0 down" and then "ifconfig rl0 up" resumed the
> > operation for awhile until the error happened
> again.
> > Setting media to 10baseT/UTP did not suffer from
> this
> > error and got about 900Kbytes/s throughput.
> > 
> > Would that be a bug in the driver that ftp server
> is
> > delivering too much traffic to the NIC? Any
> suggestion
> > that I can try?
> That downing and reupping it worked indicates that
> you
> are losing a transmit interrupt draining the write
> queue.
> I'm pretty sure that this has to be related to the
> use
> of "interrupt threads" in -current, as I do not have
> the
> problem with the 8139B's I have, with an older,
> stable
> version of FreeBSD.
> The downing and reupping it resets the card (this is
> an
> intentional side effect, designed to make Tigon II
> cards
> suck^W^W^W^W^Wallow recovery from a hosed driver
> that
> people would rather hack around than
> fix^W^W^W^W^W^W^W^W,
> which should never happen in practice).
> The "normal" workaround for this is to have a
> software
> "watchdog" timer that resets the card when it loses
> its
> mind like this (transmit interrupt pending, no
> transmit
> interrupt seen for timeout period).  You could add
> similar
> code the the RealTek driver pretty easily, using the
> Tigon
> II or another driver as a template, if you wanted to
> work
> around the problem instead of actually fixing
> it^W^W^W^W^W.
> -- Terry

Do You Yahoo!?
Great stuff seeking new owners in Yahoo! Auctions! 

To Unsubscribe: send mail to [EMAIL PROTECTED]
with "unsubscribe freebsd-current" in the body of the message

Reply via email to