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Date:   Wed, 29 Apr 2020 14:43:03 -0700
From:   Shannon Nelson <>
To:     David Miller <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH net 1/2] ionic: add LIF_READY state to close probe-open

On 4/29/20 12:38 PM, David Miller wrote:
> From: Shannon Nelson <>
> Date: Wed, 29 Apr 2020 11:37:38 -0700
>> Add a bit of state to the lif to signify when the queues are
>> ready to be used.  This closes an ionic_probe()/ionic_open()
>> race condition where the driver has registered the netdev
>> and signaled Link Up while running under ionic_probe(),
>> which NetworkManager or other user processes can see and then
>> try to bring up the device before the initial pass through
>> ionic_link_status_check() has finished.  NetworkManager's
>> thread can get into __dev_open() and set __LINK_STATE_START
>> in dev->state before the ionic_probe() thread makes it to the
>> netif_running() check, which results in the ionic_probe() thread
>> trying to start the queues before the queues have completed
>> their initialization.
>> Adding a LIF_QREADY flag allows us to prevent this condition by
>> signaling whether the Tx/Rx queues are initialized and ready.
>> Fixes: c672412f6172 ("ionic: remove lifs on fw reset")
>> Signed-off-by: Shannon Nelson <>
> I would rather you fix this by adjusting the visibility.
> You should only call register_netdevice() when all of the device
> setup and software state initialization is complete.
> This improper ordering is the true cause of this bug and adding
> this new boolean state is simply papering over the core issue.
> Thanks.

It seems my impatience to see the Link Up message is a problem.  It 
looka as if I push the link check out of the probe thread and let the 
watchdog discover it later, all is much better.  I'll followup with a v2.


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