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Patch spinlock initialisation au1000_eth.c

Subject: Patch spinlock initialisation au1000_eth.c
From: Martin Gebert <>
Date: Fri, 27 Jun 2008 11:22:02 +0200
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Hi all!

While debugging spinlocks I came across a message from the kernel indicating a problem in the AU1x00 ethernet driver. Seems like the spinlock for the device is initialised too late, as it is already used in enable_mac(), which is called via mii_probe() before the init takes place. The attached patch is working here for a Linux Au1100 kernel, and as far as I checked should also be applicable to the current head (line numbers differ).
Comments welcome; I'm quite new to kernel hacking :-)


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--- drivers/net/au1000_eth.c.orig       2008-06-26 14:21:53.000000000 +0200
+++ drivers/net/au1000_eth.c    2008-06-26 14:23:00.000000000 +0200
# The following spinlock needs to be initialized earlier, as it is already used
# in enable_mac(), called via mii_probe()
@@ -656,6 +656,7 @@
                dev->name, base, irq);
        aup = dev->priv;
+       spin_lock_init(&aup->lock);
        /* Allocate the data buffers */
        /* Snooping works fine with eth on all au1xxx */
@@ -766,7 +767,6 @@
                aup->tx_db_inuse[i] = pDB;
-       spin_lock_init(&aup->lock);
        dev->base_addr = base;
        dev->irq = irq;
        dev->open = au1000_open;
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