[PATCH 00/12] Part 2: check given MAC address, if invalid return -EADDRNOTAVAIL

Geert Uytterhoeven geert at linux-m68k.org
Sat Feb 25 05:13:21 EST 2012

2012/2/24 Michał Mirosław <mirqus at gmail.com>:
> 2012/2/24 Danny Kukawka <danny.kukawka at bisect.de>:
>> Second Part of series patches to unifiy the return value of
>> .ndo_set_mac_address if the given address isn't valid.
>> These changes check if a given (MAC) address is valid in
>> .ndo_set_mac_address, if invalid return -EADDRNOTAVAIL
>> as eth_mac_addr() already does if is_valid_ether_addr() fails.
> Why not just fix dev_set_mac_address() and make do_setlink() use that?

BTW, it's also called from dev_set_mac_address().

> Checks are specific to address family, not device model I assume.

Indeed, why can't this be done in one single place, instead of sprinkling these
checks over all drivers, missing all out-of-tree (note: I don't care) and all
soon-to-be-submitted drivers?



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