Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 468034
RHEL 5.3: minor virtio_net_fixes
Last modified: 2009-01-20 15:16:04 EST
Since the initial backport of virtio_net for RHEL 5.3, we have identified a number of fixes required:
1) Fix leaked netdev->refcnt - it can often be impossible to unload
the virtio_net driver with rmmod because of a device refcount
leak. The bug does not exist upstream because it is in code added
as part of the backport.
This is quite a serious bug.
2) Support ethtool offload queries - a simple and safe ethtool change
needed because of differences between 2.6.18 and upstream.
This is useful to people testing different GSO settings.
3) Make use of napi_weight module param - the backport caused the
napi_weight module param to be ignored.
This is a clear bug - minor but the fix is very safe.
4) Recycle some more rx buffer pages - trivial, safe optimization
which will be in 2.6.28.
This is a simple performance fix.
Each of these fixes are relatively minor and have tested all these patches quite extensively as part of our general testing efforts around RHEL5 virtio drivers.
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