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Date:   Mon, 11 May 2020 15:21:41 -0400
From:   Steven Rostedt <>
To:     Shannon Nelson <>
Cc:     Luis Chamberlain <>,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
Subject: Re: [PATCH 00/15] net: taint when the device driver firmware

On Sat, 9 May 2020 18:01:51 -0700
Shannon Nelson <> wrote:

> If the driver is able to detect that the device firmware has come back 
> alive, through user intervention or whatever, should there be a way to 
> "untaint" the kernel?  Or would you expect it to remain tainted?

The only way to untaint a kernel is a reboot. A taint just means "something
happened to this kernel since it was booted". It's used as a hint, and
that's all.

I agree with the other comments in this thread. Use devlink health or
whatever tool to look further into causes. But from what I see here, this
code is "good enough" for a taint.

-- Steve

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