Patchwork [for,2.6.27?,03/10] drivers/net/atl1e/: don't take the mdio_lock in atl1e_probe

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Submitter Andrew Morton
Date Sept. 22, 2008, 9:10 p.m.
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Permalink /patch/942/
State Accepted
Delegated to: Jeff Garzik
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Andrew Morton - Sept. 22, 2008, 9:10 p.m.
From: Matthew Wilcox <>

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 <>
Acked-by: Jie Yang <>
Cc: Jeff Garzik <>
Signed-off-by: Andrew Morton <>

 drivers/net/atl1e/atl1e_main.c |    2 --
 1 file changed, 2 deletions(-)


diff -puN drivers/net/atl1e/atl1e_main.c~drivers-net-atl1e-dont-take-the-mdio_lock-in-atl1e_probe drivers/net/atl1e/atl1e_main.c
--- a/drivers/net/atl1e/atl1e_main.c~drivers-net-atl1e-dont-take-the-mdio_lock-in-atl1e_probe
+++ a/drivers/net/atl1e/atl1e_main.c
@@ -2390,9 +2390,7 @@  static int __devinit atl1e_probe(struct 
 	/* 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);