[PATCH net-next v7 00/10] allocate dummy device dynamically

Breno Leitao leitao at debian.org
Mon Apr 22 05:38:53 PDT 2024

struct net_device shouldn't be embedded into any structure, instead,
the owner should use the private space to embed their state into

But, in some cases the net_device is embedded inside the private
structure, which blocks the usage of zero-length arrays inside

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.


	* Document the return value of alloc_netdev_dummy()
	* No code change. Just added Reviewed-by: and fix a commit message
	* Added a new patch to fix some typos in the previous code
	* Rebased to net-net/main
	* 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.
	* 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.
	* Patch 1: Use a pre-defined name ("dummy#") for the dummy
	* Patch 2-5: Added users for the new helper.
	* https://lore.kernel.org/all/20240327200809.512867-1-leitao@debian.org/

Breno Leitao (10):
  net: core: Fix documentation
  net: free_netdev: exit earlier if dummy
  net: create a dummy net_device allocator
  net: marvell: prestera: allocate dummy net_device dynamically
  net: mediatek: mtk_eth_sock: allocate dummy net_device dynamically
  net: ipa: allocate dummy net_device dynamically
  net: ibm/emac: allocate dummy net_device dynamically
  wifi: qtnfmac: Use netdev dummy allocator helper
  wifi: ath10k: allocate dummy net_device dynamically
  wifi: ath11k: allocate dummy net_device dynamically

 drivers/net/ethernet/ibm/emac/mal.c           | 14 ++++-
 drivers/net/ethernet/ibm/emac/mal.h           |  2 +-
 .../ethernet/marvell/prestera/prestera_rxtx.c | 15 ++++-
 drivers/net/ethernet/mediatek/mtk_eth_soc.c   | 17 ++++--
 drivers/net/ethernet/mediatek/mtk_eth_soc.h   |  2 +-
 drivers/net/ipa/gsi.c                         | 12 ++--
 drivers/net/ipa/gsi.h                         |  2 +-
 drivers/net/wireless/ath/ath10k/core.c        |  9 ++-
 drivers/net/wireless/ath/ath10k/core.h        |  2 +-
 drivers/net/wireless/ath/ath10k/pci.c         |  2 +-
 drivers/net/wireless/ath/ath10k/sdio.c        |  2 +-
 drivers/net/wireless/ath/ath10k/snoc.c        |  4 +-
 drivers/net/wireless/ath/ath10k/usb.c         |  2 +-
 drivers/net/wireless/ath/ath11k/ahb.c         |  9 ++-
 drivers/net/wireless/ath/ath11k/core.h        |  2 +-
 drivers/net/wireless/ath/ath11k/pcic.c        | 21 +++++--
 .../wireless/quantenna/qtnfmac/pcie/pcie.c    |  3 +-
 include/linux/netdevice.h                     |  3 +
 net/core/dev.c                                | 59 +++++++++++++------
 19 files changed, 129 insertions(+), 53 deletions(-)


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