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Date:	Thu, 11 Nov 2010 11:15:41 +1030
From:	Rusty Russell <>
Cc:	"Michael S. Tsirkin" <>,
	Jason Wang <>
Subject: [PATCH] virtio-net: init link state correctly

From: Jason Wang <>

For device that supports VIRTIO_NET_F_STATUS, there's no need to
assume the link is up and we need to call nerif_carrier_off() before
querying device status, otherwise we may get wrong operstate after
diver was loaded because the link watch event was not fired as

For device that does not support VIRITO_NET_F_STATUS, we could not get
its status through virtnet_update_status() and what we can only do is
always assuming the link is up.

Acked-by: Michael S. Tsirkin <>
Signed-off-by: Jason Wang <>
Signed-off-by: Rusty Russell <>
 drivers/net/virtio_net.c |   12 +++++++++---
 1 files changed, 9 insertions(+), 3 deletions(-)

diff --git a/drivers/net/virtio_net.c b/drivers/net/virtio_net.c
index bb6b67f..b6d4028 100644
--- a/drivers/net/virtio_net.c
+++ b/drivers/net/virtio_net.c
@@ -986,9 +986,15 @@ static int virtnet_probe(struct virtio_device *vdev)
 		goto unregister;
-	vi->status = VIRTIO_NET_S_LINK_UP;
-	virtnet_update_status(vi);
-	netif_carrier_on(dev);
+	/* Assume link up if device can't report link status,
+	   otherwise get link status from config. */
+	if (virtio_has_feature(vi->vdev, VIRTIO_NET_F_STATUS)) {
+		netif_carrier_off(dev);
+		virtnet_update_status(vi);
+	} else {
+		vi->status = VIRTIO_NET_S_LINK_UP;
+		netif_carrier_on(dev);
+	}
 	pr_debug("virtnet: registered device %s\n", dev->name);
 	return 0;
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