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Subject[PATCH 5.4] xen-netback: move removal of "hotplug-status" to the right place
The removal of "hotplug-status" has moved around a bit. First it was
moved from netback_remove() to hotplug_status_changed() in upstream
commit 1f2565780e9b ("xen-netback: remove 'hotplug-status' once it has
served its purpose"). Then the change was reverted in upstream commit
0f4558ae9187 ("Revert "xen-netback: remove 'hotplug-status' once it has
served its purpose""), but it moved the removal to backend_disconnect().
Then the upstream commit c55f34b6aec2 ("xen-netback: only remove
'hotplug-status' when the vif is actually destroyed") moved it finally
back to netback_remove(). The thing to note being it is removed
unconditionally this time around.

The story on v5.4.y adds to this confusion. Commit 60e4e3198ce8 ("Revert
"xen-netback: remove 'hotplug-status' once it has served its purpose"")
is backported to v5.4.y but the original commit that it tries to revert
was never present on 5.4. So the backport incorrectly ends up just
adding another xenbus_rm() of "hotplug-status" in backend_disconnect().

Now in v5.4.y it is removed in both backend_disconnect() and
netback_remove(). But it should only be removed in netback_remove(), as
the upstream version does.

Removing "hotplug-status" in backend_disconnect() causes problems when
the frontend unilaterally disconnects, as explained in
c55f34b6aec2 ("xen-netback: only remove 'hotplug-status' when the vif is
actually destroyed").

Remove "hotplug-status" in the same place as it is done on the upstream
version to ensure unilateral re-connection of frontend continues to

Fixes: 60e4e3198ce8 ("Revert "xen-netback: remove 'hotplug-status' once it has served its purpose"")
Signed-off-by: Pratyush Yadav <>
drivers/net/xen-netback/xenbus.c | 3 +--
1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 2 deletions(-)

diff --git a/drivers/net/xen-netback/xenbus.c b/drivers/net/xen-netback/xenbus.c
index 44e353dd2ba1..43bd881ab3dd 100644
--- a/drivers/net/xen-netback/xenbus.c
+++ b/drivers/net/xen-netback/xenbus.c
@@ -202,10 +202,10 @@ static int netback_remove(struct xenbus_device *dev)
set_backend_state(be, XenbusStateClosed);

+ xenbus_rm(XBT_NIL, dev->nodename, "hotplug-status");
if (be->vif) {
kobject_uevent(&dev->dev.kobj, KOBJ_OFFLINE);
- xenbus_rm(XBT_NIL, dev->nodename, "hotplug-status");
be->vif = NULL;
@@ -435,7 +435,6 @@ static void backend_disconnect(struct backend_info *be)
unsigned int queue_index;

- xenbus_rm(XBT_NIL, be->dev->nodename, "hotplug-status");
#endif /* CONFIG_DEBUG_FS */
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