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Date:	Fri, 14 Sep 2012 21:30:42 +0200
From:	Erwan Velu <>
To:	David Miller <>
Subject: [PATCH V3] ipconfig: Inform user if carrier is not ready

From: Erwan Velu <>

While using the ip= option at the cmdline, the kernel can hold the boot
process for 2 minutes (CONF_CARRIER_TIMEOUT) if the carrier is not

While waiting the carrier, user is not informed about this situation and
so could think the kernel is frozen.

If we don't get the carrier after some seconds, let's display a message to
inform the user about the remaining time before reaching the timeout.

Signed-off-by: Erwan Velu <>
  net/ipv4/ipconfig.c |   12 ++++++++++++
  1 file changed, 12 insertions(+)

diff --git a/net/ipv4/ipconfig.c b/net/ipv4/ipconfig.c
index 67e8a6b..b79dca6 100644
--- a/net/ipv4/ipconfig.c
+++ b/net/ipv4/ipconfig.c
@@ -90,6 +90,7 @@
  /* Define the friendly delay before and after opening net devices */
  #define CONF_POST_OPEN        10    /* After opening: 10 msecs */
  #define CONF_CARRIER_TIMEOUT    120000    /* Wait for carrier timeout */
+#define CONF_WARN_CARRIER_TIMEOUT 5000    /* Time before showing a 
warning message  */

  /* Define the timeout for waiting for a DHCP/BOOTP/RARP reply */
  #define CONF_OPEN_RETRIES     2    /* (Re)open devices twice */
@@ -205,6 +206,7 @@ static int __init ic_open_devs(void)
      struct net_device *dev;
      unsigned short oflags;
      unsigned long start;
+    unsigned int loops=0;

      last = &ic_first_dev;
@@ -266,6 +268,16 @@ static int __init ic_open_devs(void)
              if (ic_is_init_dev(dev) && netif_carrier_ok(dev))
                  goto have_carrier;

+        /* This loop is blocking the boot process until
+           we get the carrier or reach the timeout.
+           We have to inform the user about the situation as
+           it could look like a kernel freeze.
+           After CONF_WARN_CARRIER_TIMEOUT milliseconds,
+           we display the remaing time before reaching the timeout.*/
+        if (++loops == CONF_WARN_CARRIER_TIMEOUT) {
+            pr_info("IP-Config: Waiting up to %d seconds for carrier on 
+        }

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