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Date:	Fri, 19 Jan 2007 14:53:05 -0800
From:	Jay Vosburgh <>
To:	Patrick McHardy <>
	Linux Netdev List <>
Subject: Re: bonding: sysfs patch broke module renaming 

Patrick McHardy <> wrote:

>The sysfs patch broke using multiple instances of the bonding module
>through module renaming (modprobe -o). In recent kernels it fails
>with -EEXIST when trying to add the bonding_masters file for the
>second time, in older kernels (where sysfs_add_file didn't check
>for duplicates) it will crash when unloading the modules.

	Ok, I see what the problem is; it's got to do with out device
creation was changed at some point for the sysfs stuff that broke the
multiple load logic.  I don't think it has to do with the sysfs_add_file
duplicate check business; I can see the error in how bond_create() is
called in the new (post-sysfs) stuff, although I haven't tracked it down
to a particular changeset.

	There'a also a separate error handling bug I see in
bond_create() that I don't even get to because it bails out first.

	Anyway, let me see what I can work out to fix this up.


	-Jay Vosburgh, IBM Linux Technology Center,
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