[PATCH v2 29/31] net: Convert loopback_net_ops

From: Kirill Tkhai
Date: Mon Nov 20 2017 - 13:36:58 EST

These pernet_operations have only init() method. It allocates
memory for net_device, calls register_netdev() and assigns

register_netdev() is allowed be used without additional locks,
as it's synchronized on rtnl_lock(). There are many examples
of using this functon directly from ioctl().

The only difference, compared to ioctl(), is that net is not
completely alive at this moment. But it looks like, there is
no way for parallel pernet_operations to dereference
the net_device, as the most of struct net_device lists,
where it's linked, are related to net, and the net is not liked.

The exceptions are net_device::unreg_list, close_list, todo_list,
used for unregistration, and ::link_watch_list, where net_device
may be linked to global lists.

Unregistration of loopback_dev obviously can't happen, when
loopback_net_init() is executing, as the net as alive. It occurs
in default_device_ops, which currently requires net_mutex,
and it behaves as a barrier at the moment. It will be considered
in next patch.

Speaking about link_watch_list, it seems, there is no way
for loopback_dev at time of registration to be linked in lweventlist
and be available for another pernet_operations.

Signed-off-by: Kirill Tkhai <ktkhai@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
drivers/net/loopback.c | 1 +
1 file changed, 1 insertion(+)

diff --git a/drivers/net/loopback.c b/drivers/net/loopback.c
index 30612497643c..b97a907ea5aa 100644
--- a/drivers/net/loopback.c
+++ b/drivers/net/loopback.c
@@ -230,4 +230,5 @@ static __net_init int loopback_net_init(struct net *net)
/* Registered in net/core/dev.c */
struct pernet_operations __net_initdata loopback_net_ops = {
.init = loopback_net_init,
+ .async = true,