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Date:   Mon, 13 Jul 2020 20:59:35 +0200
From:   Andrew Lunn <>
To:     Vladimir Oltean <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH net] net: dsa: link interfaces with the DSA master to get
 rid of lockdep warnings

> One difference from VLAN is that in that case, the entire
> register_vlan_device() function runs under RTNL.
> When those bugs that you talk about are found, who starts using the
> network interface too early? User space or someone else? Would RTNL be
> enough to avoid that?

NFS root. Registering the interface causes autoconfig to start,
sending a DHCP request, or if the IP addresses are fixed, it could
send an ARP for the NFS server.

It is just nice to have if it is before register_netdev(). I don't
think there is an actual issues in this case, being able to
send/receive packets should not depend on the upper/lower linkage for


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