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Re: [Xen-devel] [PATCH 3/8] netback: get/put module along with vif connect/disconnect

On Tue, 2013-03-05 at 10:02 +0000, David Vrabel wrote:
> On 15/02/13 16:00, Wei Liu wrote:
> > If there is vif running and user unloads netback, guest's network interface
> > just mysteriously stops working. So we need to prevent unloading netback
> > module if there is vif running.
> It's not mysterious -- it is cleanly disconnected, and will reconnect
> when the module is reinserted.

>From a guest's POV, it just stops without any sign. This should be
prevented IMHO.

Netback / netfront lose all states when netback is unloaded. And
netfront doesn't support reconfiguration at the moment. My guess is that
this is the reason why netback doesn't even have unload function at

> Being able to unload modules while they are in use is standard so I
> don't think this should be applied.

I don't think this is true from a module dependency point of view - just
try to unload any in use module, rmmod / modprobe will give you a fatal

The situation for netback is a bit different. The module dependency is
not within the same kernel, we can only do this by explicitly get/put
this module.


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