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Re: struct ifnet and ifaddr handling [was: Re: Making global variables of if.c MPSAFE]

On Tue, Nov 18, 2014 at 12:07 AM, Masao Uebayashi <> wrote:
> On Mon, Nov 17, 2014 at 7:03 PM, Ryota Ozaki <> wrote:
>> -
> Is it possible to have another "dying" flag in struct refcount, so
> that ifput() can atomically set it without taking a lock, then later
> call a g/c call?

If the kernel has a facility of GC, we may be able to do so...but

I have to say sorry for my bad writing; I misled you about
"free an ifnet object" due to my forgetfulness about the fact that
an ifnet object is normally embedded into a softc of each driver
(via ethercom) in NetBSD. (I.e., we cannot free an ifnet object
independently.) So with the current implementation, if_detach
have to wait for ifput releasing the ifnet object, to prevent
the driver from freeing sc. So it's a little bit difficult to use
"GC objects later" strategy for ifnet objects.

Should we change embedded ifnet objects to pointers (like FreeBSD)?
It requires changes of all drivers though :-/


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