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Date:	Tue, 11 Dec 2012 08:59:27 -0600
From:	Dan Williams <>
To:	Steve Glendinning <>
Cc:	Steve Glendinning <>,
	netdev <>, Bjorn Mork <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] smsc75xx: only set mac address once on bind

On Tue, 2012-12-11 at 14:35 +0000, Steve Glendinning wrote:
> Hi Dan,
> On 10 December 2012 23:00, Dan Williams <> wrote:
> > On Mon, 2012-12-10 at 11:01 +0000, Steve Glendinning wrote:
> >> This patch changes when we decide what the device's MAC address
> >> is from per ifconfig up to once when the device is connected.
> >>
> >> Without this patch, a manually forced device MAC is overwritten
> >> on ifconfig down/up.  Also devices that have no EEPROM are
> >> assigned a new random address on ifconfig down/up instead of
> >> persisting the same one.
> >
> > Does this mean that on devices without EEPROM, ifconfig XXX
> > down/ifconfig XXX up will generate a *new* random address?  That seems a
> > bit odd; why wouldn't the first random address generated for the device
> > persist until either (a) changed by ifconfig or (b) device was
> > disconnected?
> Sorry if my commit message wasn't clear enough.  That is indeed a bit
> odd, and it describes the (buggy) behaviour BEFORE this patch was
> applied.
> With this patch applied, devices without EEPROM (and without a
> manually specified MAC address) will get a randomly generated address
> assigned once at bind time, so this MAC will persist for the lifetime
> the USB device is connected.  We also now won't trash a manually
> specified MAC, for cases where userland sets the MAC before bringing
> up the interface.

Excellent, thanks for the clarification.


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