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Date:	Fri, 23 May 2014 22:31:35 +0530
From:	Balakumaran Kannan <>
Subject: [PATCH 1/1] net: Set NOCARRIER bit of etherdev state at initialization

For any etherdev 'netif_carrier_ok' should succeed only after phy
layer determines carrier state through auto-negotiation or setting
it forcibly.

So ethernet drivers should set '__LINK_STATE_NOCARRIER' bit of
'dev->state' using 'netif_carrier_off' call at driver initialization.
As it is common for all ethernet devices, 'netif_carrier_off' call
could be moved to 'ether_setup'.

Signed-off-by: Balakumaran Kannan <>
'netif_carrier_off' could be called anywhere in between
'alloc_etherdev' and 'phy_start'. For example,
1. e1000 driver calls at the end of 'e1000_probe'
2. intel i40e driver calls at the beginning of 'i40e_open'
3. realtek r8169 driver calls at the end of 'rtl_init_one'

But some driver misses this call. For example smsc911x driver doesn't
call 'netif_carrier_off' before calling 'phy_start'. So device starts
performing dhcp and IPv6 DAD even if carrier is not ready.

So it is better to move 'netif_carrier_off' call to 'ether_setup'. And
drivers can remove this call from their initialization functions.
 net/ethernet/eth.c | 3 +++
 1 file changed, 3 insertions(+)

diff --git a/net/ethernet/eth.c b/net/ethernet/eth.c
index 5dc638c..45f6703 100644
--- a/net/ethernet/eth.c
+++ b/net/ethernet/eth.c
@@ -369,6 +369,9 @@ void ether_setup(struct net_device *dev)
 	memset(dev->broadcast, 0xFF, ETH_ALEN);
+	/* Carrier state should be off initially */
+	netif_carrier_off(dev);
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