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Date:	Fri, 7 Sep 2007 12:11:38 +0200
From:	Thomas Graf <>
To:	Milan Kocian <>
Cc:	David Miller <>,
Subject: Re: [PATCH 1/1] ipv6: corrects sended rtnetlink message

* Milan Kocian <> 2007-09-06 23:05
> I agree but ipv6 sends on device change (NETDEV_DOWN) RTM_DELLINK message.
> BTW when ipv6 send LINK message on NETDEV_UNREGISTER event, why doesn't 
> send message on NETDEV_REGISTER event? No symmetry ?

You should be seeing two RTM_DELLINK upon NETDEV_UNREGISTER if the
interface carried any IPv6 addresess. Once with ifi_change=~0
notifying you that the device is disappearing and once with
ifi_change=0 coming from the IPv6 protocol shutdown.

> ok. However, if I understand, LINK messages handle device changes not
> protocol changes. Or not ?

Yes, I personally think this behaviour is wrong but we can't remove it
unless we are sure it doesn't break anything.

> Now I ignore (RTM_DELLINK && ifi_family==AF_INET6) :-). But it's only workaround
> till next change. 

That's also correct, pure netdevice notification will always be sent
with the ifi_family set to AF_UNSPEC.

> Hard to find it. I can try to look at other routing sw (probably most using it)
> about handling with RTM_DELLINK.
> Howerer when was made change from RTM_NEWLINK to RTM_DELLINK without protests,
> we can try remove message :-)

I'd give the USAGI software tree a short peek, if there was a specific
reason for adding this notification in the first place, the software is
most probably found in that tree.
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