On Thu, 17 May 2018 16:22:37 -0600
dsah...@kernel.org wrote:

> From: David Ahern <dsah...@gmail.com>
> Using iproute2 to create a bridge and add 4094 vlans to it can take from
> 2 to 3 *minutes*. The reason is the extraneous call to ll_name_to_index.
> ll_name_to_index results in an ioctl(SIOCGIFINDEX) call which in turn
> invokes dev_load. If the index does not exist, which it won't when
> creating a new link, dev_load calls modprobe twice -- once for
> netdev-NAME and again for NAME. This is unnecessary overhead for each
> link create.
> When ip link is invoked for a new device, there is no reason to
> call ll_name_to_index for the new device. With this patch, creating
> a bridge and adding 4094 vlans takes less than 3 *seconds*.
> Signed-off-by: David Ahern <dsah...@gmail.com>

Yes this looks like a real problem.
Isn't the cache supposed to reduce this?

Don't like to make lots of special case flags.

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