[PATCH net-next v6 02/10] net: free_netdev: exit earlier if dummy

Breno Leitao leitao at debian.org
Thu Apr 11 06:59:26 PDT 2024

For dummy devices, exit earlier at free_netdev() instead of executing
the whole function. This is necessary, because dummy devices are
special, and shouldn't have the second part of the function executed.

Otherwise reg_state, which is NETREG_DUMMY, will be overwritten and
there will be no way to identify that this is a dummy device. Also, this
device do not need the final put_device(), since dummy devices are not
registered (through register_netdevice()), where the device reference is
increased (at netdev_register_kobject()/device_add()).

Suggested-by: Jakub Kicinski <kuba at kernel.org>
Signed-off-by: Breno Leitao <leitao at debian.org>
Reviewed-by: Ido Schimmel <idosch at nvidia.com>
 net/core/dev.c | 3 ++-
 1 file changed, 2 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/net/core/dev.c b/net/core/dev.c
index 987039ffa63c..c74b42bc6888 100644
--- a/net/core/dev.c
+++ b/net/core/dev.c
@@ -11060,7 +11060,8 @@ void free_netdev(struct net_device *dev)
 	/*  Compatibility with error handling in drivers */
-	if (dev->reg_state == NETREG_UNINITIALIZED) {
+	if (dev->reg_state == NETREG_UNINITIALIZED ||
+	    dev->reg_state == NETREG_DUMMY) {

More information about the ath10k mailing list