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    SubjectRe: why network devices don't do reference counting?
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    From: Stephen Hemminger <shemminger@linux-foundation.org>
    Date: Wed, 26 Sep 2007 15:33:30 -0700

    > ipv6 is not a network driver, it is a protocol. You might be able to
    > remove it if you zap all the routes and applications, ...

    It is purposefully set to have a permanent elevated reference
    count because it is not designed to be unloaded safely.

    It has been unloadable forever.
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