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Date:	Mon, 09 May 2011 06:37:44 +0100
From:	Alex Bligh <>
To:	Eric Dumazet <>,
cc:, Jesse Gross <>,
	Alex Bligh <>
Subject: Re: Scalability of interface creation and deletion

--On 8 May 2011 23:00:47 +0200 Eric Dumazet <> wrote:

> We can probably speed things, but we should consider the following user
> actions :

How about

> ip link add link eth0 vlan103 type vlan id 103
> ip link del vlan103

Removes and unlinks structures, including making name available, sending
out netlink messages, but doesn't free things

> ip link add link eth1 vlan103 type vlan id 103

creates new interface

[some time later] original zombie i/f freed

> The "link del" command should return to user only if the minimum things
> had been done, to make sure the following "link add" wont fail
> mysteriously.

Are you worried about failure through name collision (already
dealt with), vlan tag collision (ditto) or what?

Alex Bligh
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