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Subject[PATCH] net: bonding: Fix transmit load balancing in balance-alb mode if specified by sysfs
Commit cbf5ecb30560 ("net: bonding: Fix transmit load balancing in
balance-alb mode") tried to fix transmit dynamic load balancing in
balance-alb mode, which wasn't working after commit 8b426dc54cf4
("bonding: remove hardcoded value").

It turned out that my previous patch only fixed the case when
balance-alb was specified as bonding module parameter, and not when
balance-alb mode was set using /sys/class/net/*/bonding/mode (the most
common usage). In the latter case, tlb_dynamic_lb was set up according
to the default mode of the bonding interface, which happens to be

This additional patch addresses this issue by setting up tlb_dynamic_lb
to 1 if "mode" is set to balance-alb through the sysfs interface.

I didn't add code to change tlb_balance_lb back to the default value for
other modes, because "mode" is usually set up only once during
initialization, and it's not worthwhile to change the static variable
bonding_defaults in bond_main.c to a global variable just for this

Commit 8b426dc54cf4 also changes the value of tlb_dynamic_lb for
balance-tlb mode if it is set up using the sysfs interface. I didn't
change that behavior, because the value of tlb_balance_lb can be changed
using the sysfs interface for balance-tlb, and I didn't like changing
the default value back and forth for balance-tlb.

As for balance-alb, /sys/class/net/*/bonding/tlb_balance_lb cannot be
written to. However, I think balance-alb with tlb_dynamic_lb set to 0
is not an intended usage, so there is little use making it writable at
this moment.

Fixes: 8b426dc54cf4 ("bonding: remove hardcoded value")
Reported-by: Reinis Rozitis <>
Signed-off-by: Kosuke Tatsukawa <>
Cc: # v4.12+
drivers/net/bonding/bond_options.c | 3 +++
1 files changed, 3 insertions(+), 0 deletions(-)

diff --git a/drivers/net/bonding/bond_options.c b/drivers/net/bonding/bond_options.c
index a12d603..5931aa2 100644
--- a/drivers/net/bonding/bond_options.c
+++ b/drivers/net/bonding/bond_options.c
@@ -754,6 +754,9 @@ static int bond_option_mode_set(struct bonding *bond,

+ if (newval->value == BOND_MODE_ALB)
+ bond->params.tlb_dynamic_lb = 1;
/* don't cache arp_validate between modes */
bond->params.arp_validate = BOND_ARP_VALIDATE_NONE;
bond->params.mode = newval->value;
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