Patchwork [stable,2.6.27.y] don't take the mdio_lock in atl1e_probe

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Submitter Jay Cliburn
Date Oct. 11, 2008, 2:55 p.m.
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Permalink /patch/4008/
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Delegated to: David Miller
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Jay Cliburn - Oct. 11, 2008, 2:55 p.m.
From: Matthew Wilcox <>

Upstream commit: f382a0a8e9403c6d7f8b2cfa21e41fefb5d0c9bd

This fixes bug 11736.

Lockdep warns about the mdio_lock taken with interrupts enabled then later
taken from interrupt context.  Initially, I considered changing these
to spin_lock_irq/spin_unlock_irq, but then I looked at atl1e_phy_init()
and saw that it calls msleep().  Sleeping while holding a spinlock is
not allowed either.

In the probe path, we haven't registered the interrupt handler, so
it can't poke at this card yet.  It's before we call register_netdev(),
so I don't think any other threads can reach this card either.  If I'm
right, we don't need a spinlock at all.

Signed-off-by: Matthew Wilcox <>
Signed-off-by: Jeff Garzik <>
 drivers/net/atl1e/atl1e_main.c |    2 --
 1 files changed, 0 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

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diff --git a/drivers/net/atl1e/atl1e_main.c b/drivers/net/atl1e/atl1e_main.c
index 7685b99..9b60352 100644
--- a/drivers/net/atl1e/atl1e_main.c
+++ b/drivers/net/atl1e/atl1e_main.c
@@ -2390,9 +2390,7 @@  static int __devinit atl1e_probe(struct pci_dev *pdev,

        /* Init GPHY as early as possible due to power saving issue  */
-       spin_lock(&adapter->mdio_lock);
-       spin_unlock(&adapter->mdio_lock);
        /* reset the controller to
         * put the device in a known good starting state */
        err = atl1e_reset_hw(&adapter->hw);