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Date:   Mon, 8 May 2017 10:31:50 -0700
From:   Florian Fainelli <>
To:     David Ahern <>,
Subject: Re: [PATCH RFC net-next 5/6] net: Delay initializations for
 lightweight devices

On 05/06/2017 09:07 AM, David Ahern wrote:
> Delay ipv4 and ipv6 initializations on lightweight netdevices until an
> address is added to the device.
> Skip sysctl initialization for neighbor path as well.

Yeah, thanks for including the sysctl initialization. One thing that my
earlier "L2 only" attempt attempted to solve as well, was to put the
IFF_NOIPV4 and IFF_NOIPV6 flags as volatile. In case you changed your
mind and ended-up needing IP stacks to be initialized, this ought to be
possible at some point. I did not get to test that part though.

AFAIR, some peculiar devices like 6lowpan (and to some extent the larger
802.15.4 family) may want to be IPv6 exclusively. This means we may have
a bit of overlap with flags like IFF_NOARP, (the proposed IFF_NOIPV6
before) and IFF_LWT_NETDEV.


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