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Subject[PATCH 3.10 003/123] ax88179_178a: fix bonding failure
3.10-stable review patch.  If anyone has any objections, please let me know.


From: Ian Morgan <>

[ Upstream commit 95ff88688781db2f64042e69bd499e518bbb36e5 ]

The following patch fixes a bug which causes the ax88179_178a driver to be
incapable of being added to a bond.

When I brought up the issue with the bonding maintainers, they indicated
that the real problem was with the NIC driver which must return zero for
success (of setting the MAC address). I see that several other NIC drivers
follow that pattern by either simply always returing zero, or by passing
through a negative (error) result while rewriting any positive return code
to zero. With that same philisophy applied to the ax88179_178a driver, it
allows it to work correctly with the bonding driver.

I believe this is suitable for queuing in -stable, as it's a small, simple,
and obvious fix that corrects a defect with no other known workaround.

This patch is against vanilla 3.17(.0).

Signed-off-by: Ian Morgan <>
Signed-off-by: David S. Miller <>
Signed-off-by: Greg Kroah-Hartman <>
drivers/net/usb/ax88179_178a.c | 7 ++++++-
1 file changed, 6 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

--- a/drivers/net/usb/ax88179_178a.c
+++ b/drivers/net/usb/ax88179_178a.c
@@ -695,6 +695,7 @@ static int ax88179_set_mac_addr(struct n
struct usbnet *dev = netdev_priv(net);
struct sockaddr *addr = p;
+ int ret;

if (netif_running(net))
return -EBUSY;
@@ -704,8 +705,12 @@ static int ax88179_set_mac_addr(struct n
memcpy(net->dev_addr, addr->sa_data, ETH_ALEN);

/* Set the MAC address */
- return ax88179_write_cmd(dev, AX_ACCESS_MAC, AX_NODE_ID, ETH_ALEN,
+ ret = ax88179_write_cmd(dev, AX_ACCESS_MAC, AX_NODE_ID, ETH_ALEN,
ETH_ALEN, net->dev_addr);
+ if (ret < 0)
+ return ret;
+ return 0;

static const struct net_device_ops ax88179_netdev_ops = {

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