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Date:   Mon, 11 May 2020 13:41:17 -0700 (PDT)
From:   David Miller <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH v2 05/14] net: core: provide priv_to_netdev()

From: Bartosz Golaszewski <>
Date: Mon, 11 May 2020 17:07:50 +0200

> From: Bartosz Golaszewski <>
> Appropriate amount of extra memory for private data is allocated at
> the end of struct net_device. We have a helper - netdev_priv() - that
> returns its address but we don't have the reverse: a function which
> given the address of the private data, returns the address of struct
> net_device.
> This has caused many drivers to store the pointer to net_device in
> the private data structure, which basically means storing the pointer
> to a structure in this very structure.
> This patch proposes to add priv_to_netdev() - a helper which converts
> the address of the private data to the address of the associated
> net_device.
> Signed-off-by: Bartosz Golaszewski <>

Sorry, please don't do this.  We had this almost two decades ago and
explicitly removed it intentionally.

Store the back pointer in your software state just like everyone else

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