cvs commit: src/sys/dev/an if_an.c src/sys/dev/arl if_arl_isa.c src/sys/dev/awi if_awi_pccard.c src/sys/dev/cm if_cm_isa.c src/sys/dev/cnw if_cnw.c src/sys/dev/cp if_cp.c src/sys/dev/cs if_cs.c src/sys/dev/ed if_ed.c src/sys/dev/em if_em.c ...

Ruslan Ermilov ru at
Wed Sep 21 12:19:06 PDT 2005

On Wed, Sep 21, 2005 at 01:02:41PM -0600, M. Warner Losh wrote:
> In message: <200509211455.59154.jhb at>
>             John Baldwin <jhb at> writes:
> : > 5.  Fix all drivers to set some flag in foo_detach() and foo_shutdown()
> : >     and refuse to work in foo_ioctl() if it's set.  This should fix
> : >     panics when BPF listener is attached while interface goes away or
> : >     module is unloaded.
> : I'd rather 5) be simpler in 
> : that it only check in the flags case to not force the driver lock to be 
> : acquired for all the ioctls that the driver doesn't actually handle.  
> : Actually, I think I'd really prefer that we think about how to fix the BPF 
> : issue in BPF itself if possible.  It may be that we don't need to set the 
> : flags (i.e. skip the actual ioctl) if the interface is in the process of 
> : detaching and we can make that change centrally without having to scatter 
> : gone flags in all the drivers.
> This would solve the race at hand.  However, it wouldn't solve the
> problems with driver shutdown racing with other things in the system
> (like ifconfig during detach).
> I've knocked around the idea of creating a if_dead() function that one
> would call before foo_stop().  if_dead would just return (possibly an
> error) for all the entry points before the device is actually
> detached.  This would mean that we don't need to add flags to all the
> drivers, but we do need to change all the detach routine.  This would
> avoid the LOCK operations that you are worried about...
I'm afraid you cannot safely change the ifnet method pointers, if
you mean that foo_detach() should set ifp->if_start etc. to point
to if_dead().

Ruslan Ermilov
ru at
FreeBSD committer
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