[PATCH v1 1/6] staging: qlge: Initialize devlink health dump framework for the dlge driver

Benjamin Poirier benjamin.poirier at gmail.com
Tue Oct 13 00:37:04 UTC 2020

On 2020-10-12 19:24 +0800, Coiby Xu wrote:
> > I think, but didn't check in depth, that in those drivers, the devlink
> > device is tied to the pci device and can exist independently of the
> > netdev, at least in principle.
> > 
> You are right. Take drivers/net/ethernet/mellanox/mlxsw as an example,
> devlink reload would first first unregister_netdev and then
> register_netdev but struct devlink stays put. But I have yet to
> understand when unregister/register_netdev is needed.

Maybe it can be useful to manually recover if the hardware or driver
gets in an erroneous state. I've used `modprobe -r qlge && modprobe
qlge` for the same in the past.

> Do we need to
> add "devlink reload" for qlge?

Not for this patchset. That would be a new feature.

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