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SubjectRe: 2.6.29 regression? Bonding tied to IPV6 in 29-rc5
Andrey Borzenkov wrote:
> On 17 of February 2009 20:01:38 Andrey Borzenkov wrote:
>> Forward to bonding and netdev
>> On 17 of February 2009 11:52:32 J.A. Magallón wrote:
>>> Hi all...
>>> Don't know if this is specific for -rc5, I have jumped from 28.4 to
>>> 29-rc5. In this latest kernel, I can not install 'bonding' module
>>> if 'ipv6' is disabled to load via modprobe.conf:
>>> install ipv6 /bin/true
>>> Trying bonding gives this dmesg:
>>> bonding: Unknown symbol ndisc_build_skb
>>> bonding: Unknown symbol in6_dev_finish_destroy
>>> bonding: Unknown symbol ndisc_send_skb
>>> bonding: Unknown symbol unregister_inet6addr_notifier
>>> bonding: Unknown symbol register_inet6addr_notifier
>>> Commenting the line in modprobe.conf makes things smooth again.
>>> We can not disable ipv6 anymore ?
>> If IPv6 is disable in kernel config bonding loads. But I think it is
>> regression, it should be possible to disable IPv6 if not required.
> This hard dependency was apparently introduced by this commit:
> commit 305d552accae6afb859c493ebc7d98ca3371dae2
> Author: Brian Haley <>
> Date: Tue Nov 4 17:51:14 2008 -0800
> bonding: send IPv6 neighbor advertisement on failover

I initially had bonding IPv6 support as a Kconfig option, but it was
decided it would be cleaner if it just got built-in whenever CONFIG_IPV6
was set like SCTP, with the assumption you might want it.

Is it a common configuration to not allow a module to load like you're
doing in modprobe.conf? I don't know how hard it would be to rip this
out into it's own bonding_ipv6.ko module, simply turning-off CONFIG_IPV6
seems better.

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