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Date:	Mon, 27 Oct 2014 00:22:28 +0100
From:	Daniel Borkmann <>
To:	Lubomir Rintel <>
CC:, "David S. Miller" <>,
	Hannes Frederic Sowa <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH v2] ipv6: notify userspace when we added or changed an
 ipv6 token

On 10/26/2014 11:41 PM, Lubomir Rintel wrote:
> NetworkManager might want to know that it changed when the router advertisement
> arrives.
> Signed-off-by: Lubomir Rintel <>
> Cc: Hannes Frederic Sowa <>
> Cc: Daniel Borkmann <>

The reason why I asked regarding the rtmsg_ifinfo() vs inet6_ifinfo_notify()
in v1 is actually that this is an idev-only specific action. By using
inet6_ifinfo_notify() for notification, the kernel would actually need to do
much less work: the notification only needs inet6_fill_ifinfo() as that would
contain the new token, while the rtmsg_ifinfo() is rather dev-centric and
fills out attributes about the _whole_ device (which surely includes the IPv6
idev attributes, but also a lot more, which might actually be unnecessary
here), see also:

$ git grep -n rtmsg_ifinfo net/ipv6/
$ git grep -n inet6_ifinfo_notify net/ipv6/
net/ipv6/addrconf.c:2919:                       inet6_ifinfo_notify(RTM_NEWLINK, idev);
net/ipv6/addrconf.c:4650:void inet6_ifinfo_notify(int event, struct inet6_dev *idev)
net/ipv6/ndisc.c:1239:                  inet6_ifinfo_notify(RTM_NEWLINK, in6_dev);
net/ipv6/ndisc.c:1256:                          inet6_ifinfo_notify(RTM_NEWLINK, in6_dev);
net/ipv6/ndisc.c:1712:          inet6_ifinfo_notify(RTM_NEWLINK, idev);

Maybe I'm missing something, so can you elaborate why it's _absolutely not_
possible to use inet6_ifinfo_notify()?

> ---
> Changes since v1:
>      - Do not call device notifier chain with netdev_state_change()
>   net/ipv6/addrconf.c | 1 +
>   1 file changed, 1 insertion(+)
> diff --git a/net/ipv6/addrconf.c b/net/ipv6/addrconf.c
> index 3e118df..f6f92f5 100644
> --- a/net/ipv6/addrconf.c
> +++ b/net/ipv6/addrconf.c
> @@ -4528,6 +4528,7 @@ static int inet6_set_iftoken(struct inet6_dev *idev, struct in6_addr *token)
>   	}
>   	write_unlock_bh(&idev->lock);
> +	rtmsg_ifinfo(RTM_NEWLINK, dev, 0, GFP_KERNEL);
>   	addrconf_verify_rtnl();
>   	return 0;
>   }
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