bond_miimon_commit() handles the UP transition for each slave of a bond
in the case of MII. It is triggered 10 times per second for the default
MII Polling interval of 100ms. For device drivers that do not implement
__ethtool_get_link_ksettings() the call to bond_update_speed_duplex()
fails persistently while the MII status could remain UP. That is, in
this and other cases where the speed/duplex update keeps failing over a
longer period of time while the MII state is UP, a warning is printed
every MII polling interval.

To address these excessive warnings net_ratelimit() should be used.
Printing a warning once would not be sufficient since the call to
bond_update_speed_duplex() could recover to succeed and fail again
later. In that case there would be no new indication what went wrong.

Fixes: b5bf0f5b16b9c (bonding: correctly update link status during mii-commit 
Signed-off-by: Andreas Born <>
Changes in v2:
* swapped pr_warn_ratelimited() for net_ratelimit()

 drivers/net/bonding/bond_main.c | 7 ++++---
 1 file changed, 4 insertions(+), 3 deletions(-)

diff --git a/drivers/net/bonding/bond_main.c b/drivers/net/bonding/bond_main.c
index 85bb272d2a34..fc63992ab0e0 100644
--- a/drivers/net/bonding/bond_main.c
+++ b/drivers/net/bonding/bond_main.c
@@ -2144,9 +2144,10 @@ static void bond_miimon_commit(struct bonding *bond)
                        if (bond_update_speed_duplex(slave) &&
                            bond_needs_speed_duplex(bond)) {
                                slave->link = BOND_LINK_DOWN;
-                               netdev_warn(bond->dev,
-                                           "failed to get link speed/duplex 
for %s\n",
-                                           slave->dev->name);
+                               if (net_ratelimit())
+                                       netdev_warn(bond->dev,
+                                                   "failed to get link 
speed/duplex for %s\n",
+                                                   slave->dev->name);
                        bond_set_slave_link_state(slave, BOND_LINK_UP,

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