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SubjectRe: [PATCH 6/8] Revert "netns: Fix device renaming for sysfs"
From: (Eric W. Biederman)
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2008 23:38:31 -0700

> This reverts commit aaf8cdc34ddba08122f02217d9d684e2f9f5d575.
> Drivers like the ipw2100 call device_create_group when they
> are initialized and device_remove_group when they are shutdown.
> Moving them between namespaces deletes their sysfs groups early.
> In particular the following call chain results.
> netdev_unregister_kobject -> device_del -> kobject_del -> sysfs_remove_dir
> With sysfs_remove_dir recursively deleting all of it's subdirectories,
> and nothing adding them back.
> Ouch!
> Therefore we need to call something that ultimate calls sysfs_mv_dir
> as that sysfs function can move sysfs directories between namespaces
> without deleting their subdirectories or their contents. Allowing
> us to avoid placing extra boiler plate into every driver that does
> something interesting with sysfs.
> Currently the function that provides that capability is device_rename.
> That is the code works without nasty side effects as originally written.
> So remove the misguided fix for moving devices between namespaces. The
> bug in the kobject layer that inspired it has now been recognized and
> fixed.
> Signed-off-by: Eric W. Biederman <>

Acked-by: David S. Miller <>

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