[PATCH v2 1/4] net: add name_assign_type netdev attribute

From: David Herrmann
Date: Sun Mar 16 2014 - 13:23:27 EST

The name_assign_type attribute gives hints where the interface name of a
given net-device comes from. Three different values are currently defined:
This is the default. The ifname is provided by the kernel with an
enumerated suffix. Names may be reused and unstable.
The ifname was provided by user-space during net-device setup.
The net-device has been renamed via RTNL. Once this type is set, it
cannot change again.

This attribute comes in handy for reliable net-device names. If an ifname
is provided by user-space, we can safely assume that the naming-policy
avoids reuse and is stable. Only if it was set by the kernel, the
interfaces might need to be renamed.

The NET_NAME_RENAMED value allows us to detect whether some-one else
already renamed the device, in which case we shouldn't touch it again. The
NET_NAME_USER value allows us to detect whether some other naming policy
created the device, in which case there's no need to rename it.

The most significant use-case is to detect virtual wifi-P2P devices, which
are named by wpa_supplicant et al. We shouldn't rename them as wpas
already provides a proper naming-policy.

Note that this patch only provides the core infrastructure. The different
net-dev types need to be manually fixed to use NET_NAME_USER instead of
the default (NET_NAME_ENUM). NET_NAME_ENUM is the least restrictive,
though, so it seems safe to use it as fallback for non-converted net-dev

Signed-off-by: David Herrmann <dh.herrmann@xxxxxxxxx>
Acked-by: Tom Gundersen <teg@xxxxxxx>
include/linux/netdevice.h | 6 ++++++
net/core/dev.c | 7 +++++++
net/core/net-sysfs.c | 2 ++
net/core/rtnetlink.c | 2 ++
4 files changed, 17 insertions(+)

diff --git a/include/linux/netdevice.h b/include/linux/netdevice.h
index b8d8c80..d3040c5 100644
--- a/include/linux/netdevice.h
+++ b/include/linux/netdevice.h
@@ -74,6 +74,11 @@ void netdev_set_default_ethtool_ops(struct net_device *dev,
#define NET_RX_SUCCESS 0 /* keep 'em coming, baby */
#define NET_RX_DROP 1 /* packet dropped */

+/* interface name assignment types */
+#define NET_NAME_ENUM 0 /* enumerated by kernel (default) */
+#define NET_NAME_USER 1 /* provided by user-space */
+#define NET_NAME_RENAMED 2 /* renamed by user-space */
* Transmit return codes: transmit return codes originate from three different
* namespaces:
@@ -1248,6 +1253,7 @@ struct net_device {
* of the interface.
char name[IFNAMSIZ];
+ unsigned char name_assign_type; /* name assignment type */

/* device name hash chain, please keep it close to name[] */
struct hlist_node name_hlist;
diff --git a/net/core/dev.c b/net/core/dev.c
index 587f9fb..4a2b360 100644
--- a/net/core/dev.c
+++ b/net/core/dev.c
@@ -1083,6 +1083,7 @@ static int dev_get_valid_name(struct net *net,
int dev_change_name(struct net_device *dev, const char *newname)
char oldname[IFNAMSIZ];
+ unsigned char old_assign_type;
int err = 0;
int ret;
struct net *net;
@@ -1109,10 +1110,14 @@ int dev_change_name(struct net_device *dev, const char *newname)
return err;

+ old_assign_type = dev->name_assign_type;
+ dev->name_assign_type = NET_NAME_RENAMED;
ret = device_rename(&dev->dev, dev->name);
if (ret) {
memcpy(dev->name, oldname, IFNAMSIZ);
+ dev->name_assign_type = old_assign_type;
return ret;
@@ -1141,6 +1146,8 @@ rollback:
memcpy(dev->name, oldname, IFNAMSIZ);
memcpy(oldname, newname, IFNAMSIZ);
+ dev->name_assign_type = old_assign_type;
+ old_assign_type = NET_NAME_RENAMED;
goto rollback;
} else {
pr_err("%s: name change rollback failed: %d\n",
diff --git a/net/core/net-sysfs.c b/net/core/net-sysfs.c
index daed9a6..886403e 100644
--- a/net/core/net-sysfs.c
+++ b/net/core/net-sysfs.c
@@ -105,6 +105,7 @@ static ssize_t netdev_store(struct device *dev, struct device_attribute *attr,

NETDEVICE_SHOW_RO(dev_id, fmt_hex);
NETDEVICE_SHOW_RO(dev_port, fmt_dec);
+NETDEVICE_SHOW_RO(name_assign_type, fmt_dec);
NETDEVICE_SHOW_RO(addr_assign_type, fmt_dec);
NETDEVICE_SHOW_RO(addr_len, fmt_dec);
NETDEVICE_SHOW_RO(iflink, fmt_dec);
@@ -377,6 +378,7 @@ static struct attribute *net_class_attrs[] = {
+ &dev_attr_name_assign_type.attr,
diff --git a/net/core/rtnetlink.c b/net/core/rtnetlink.c
index fc122fd..f1bd0fe 100644
--- a/net/core/rtnetlink.c
+++ b/net/core/rtnetlink.c
@@ -1967,6 +1967,8 @@ replay:

dev->ifindex = ifm->ifi_index;
+ if (tb[IFLA_IFNAME])
+ dev->name_assign_type = NET_NAME_USER;

if (ops->newlink) {
err = ops->newlink(net, dev, tb, data);

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