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Date:   Mon, 20 Mar 2017 17:37:26 -0700
From:   PJ Waskiewicz <>
To:     Govindarajulu Varadarajan <>
Cc:, Christian Benvenuti <>,
        Govindarajulu Varadarajan <>,
        Neel Patel <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] enic: Store permanent MAC address during probe()

On Mon, Mar 20, 2017 at 5:33 PM, Govindarajulu Varadarajan
<> wrote:
> On Mon, 20 Mar 2017, PJ Waskiewicz wrote:
>> From: PJ Waskiewicz <>
>> The permanent MAC address is useful to store for things like ethtool,
>> and when bonding with modes such as active/passive or LACP.
> Hi Peter,
> Is this patch fixing an issue with bonding drive on enic?

We noticed that running ethtool -P <eth> on an enic, even on 4.9,
returned nothing.  This has fallout when using bonding, where LACP or
Active/Passive overrides the LAA on one of the slaves, one can't
figure out what the physical MAC address is of each slave.  So not a
problem with bonding directly, it's more secondary as a result of the
driver not reporting the actual permanent address.

>> This follows the model of other Ethernet drivers, such as ixgbe.
> While other drivers set netdev->perm_addr, doesn't this actually come free
> in
> register_netdevice().

I thought it did as well, but in 4.9 when we tested it wasn't working.
Hence the patch.  :-)


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