[Bridge] [PATCH 1/3] net: introduce a list of device addresses dev_addr_list

Jiri Pirko jpirko at redhat.com
Wed Apr 15 07:42:05 PDT 2009

Wed, Apr 15, 2009 at 12:13:57PM CEST, kaber at trash.net wrote:
> David Miller wrote:
>> From: Eric Dumazet <dada1 at cosmosbay.com>
>> Date: Wed, 15 Apr 2009 11:27:50 +0200
>>> Since you obviously need a write lock here to be sure following
>>> can be done by one cpu only.
>>> You have same problem all over this patch.
>> RTNL semaphore is held across all modification operations.
> If this will also be used for multicast lists, changes can happen
> (IPv6) without the RTNL.

Ok, but for dev_addr_X() functions the RTNL mutex is sufficient so I see no
point of adding another lock here. When the multicast handling functions will be
implemented to use netdev_hw_addr and it's layer, then we need to use update
lock in dev_multicast_X.

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