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Date:	Fri, 04 Apr 2014 10:15:50 -0500
From:	Dan Williams <>
To:	David Miller <>
Subject: Re: [RFC PATCH] bridge: remove !IFF_UP restriction when deleting
 bridge from ioctl

On Fri, 2014-04-04 at 11:08 -0400, David Miller wrote:
> From: Dan Williams <>
> Date: Fri, 04 Apr 2014 09:56:22 -0500
> > netlink doesn't care about IFF_UP when deleting a bridge, so "ip link
> > del br0" works just fine.  The ioctl does care, which means that brctl
> > complains "bridge br0 still up; can't delete it".  Make things
> > consistent by always allowing bridge deletion even if the bridge is up.
> > 
> > Signed-off-by: Dan Williams <>
> > ---
> > Question: does anyone consider the ioctl behavior API?  Can we change it
> > even though it's been this way forever?  It means that bridges that
> > previously would not have been deleted by brctl will now be deleted.
> > But anyone using /sbin/ip could already delete them.
> Unfortunately I think we're stuck with the existing behavior.

Ok, fair enough.


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