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SubjectRe: catch 22 - porting net driver from 2.2 to 2.4
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> We figured that since we are in user context (do_ioctl) and use
> spin_lock_bh() to protect us from other concurrent threads, it might
> interfere with rtnl_lock() so we remove our lock just before calling
> register_netdev() and lock again upon return but then the whole process just
> stopped and didn't return to the prompt. from within kdb, we could see that

Can't you just do this:

#if LINUX_VERSION_CODE >= KERNEL_VERSION(2,3,0) /* not sure about the 0 */
#define rtnl_LOCK() rtnl_lock()
#define rtnl_UNLOCK() rtnl_unlock()
#else
#define rtnl_LOCK() /* nop */
#define rtnl_UNLOCK() /* nop */
#endif

rtnl_LOCK();
register_netdevice(...);
rtnl_UNLOCK();

that works for me (yes, from do_ioctl, but without the bh lock - I
don't know if that's absolutely needed in your case).

Olaf
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