[PATCH net-next v5 00/10] allocate dummy device dynamically

Kalle Valo kvalo at kernel.org
Thu Apr 11 01:38:45 PDT 2024

Breno Leitao <leitao at debian.org> writes:

> struct net_device shouldn't be embedded into any structure, instead,
> the owner should use the private space to embed their state into
> net_device.
> But, in some cases the net_device is embedded inside the private
> structure, which blocks the usage of zero-length arrays inside
> net_device.
> Create a helper to allocate a dummy device at dynamically runtime, and
> move the Ethernet devices to use it, instead of embedding the dummy
> device inside the private structure.
> This fixes all the network cases plus some wireless drivers.
> PS: Due to lack of hardware, unfortunately most these patches are
> compiled tested only, except ath11k that was kindly tested by Kalle Valo.
> ---
> Changelog:
> v1:
> 	* https://lore.kernel.org/all/20240327200809.512867-1-leitao@debian.org/
> v2:
> 	* Patch 1: Use a pre-defined name ("dummy#") for the dummy
> 	  net_devices.
> 	* Patch 2-5: Added users for the new helper.
> v3:
> 	* Use free_netdev() instead of kfree() as suggested by Jakub.
> 	* Change the free_netdev() place in ipa driver, as suggested by
> 	  Alex Elder.
> 	* Set err in the error path in the Marvell driver, as suggested
> 	  by Simon Horman.
> v4:
> 	* Added a new patch to add dummy device at free_netdev(), as suggested
> 	  by Jakub.
> 	* Added support for some wireless driver.
> 	* Added some Acked-by and Reviewed-by.
> v5:
> 	* Added a new patch to fix some typos in the previous code,
> 	  suggested by Ido.
> 	* Rebased to net-net/main

I'm nitpicking here but I prefer to have the changelog in reverse order,
that is v5 first and v1 last. I'm most interested about the changes in
v5, I don't care about v1 at this point. Though I don't know if net
folks have a different prefence, just wanted to mention this.



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