Re: why network devices don't do reference counting?

From: David Miller
Date: Wed Sep 26 2007 - 18:57:40 EST

From: Stephen Hemminger <shemminger@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 26 Sep 2007 15:33:30 -0700

> ipv6 is not a network driver, it is a protocol. You might be able to
> remove it if you zap all the routes and applications, ...

It is purposefully set to have a permanent elevated reference
count because it is not designed to be unloaded safely.

It has been unloadable forever.
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