Bonding slaves by PCI bus order do not work after update to kernel >=4.8

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 Service Pack 4 (SLES 12 SP4)
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15


When bonding is in use on a Power PC system and PCI Bus ID naming is used for creating udev rules for bonding slaves, after a update to kernel >= 4.8.x it is noticed that the bonding device does not work anymore.
This can only happen if you update from <= SLES 12 SP3 to >= SLES 12 SP4
On new installations of SLES 12 SP4 or SLES 15 this will not be an issue.


To change to the new PCI Bus ID naming it is needed to modify the udev rules for network devices ->  /etc/udev/rules.d/70-persistent-net.rules
Change the "KERNELS==" lines to the new PCI Bus ID
use following command to get the relation between new PCI Bus IDs and old PCI Bus IDs
OLD=0; echo -e "NEW\tOLD"; while read NEW ; do printf "%s\t%04x\n" $NEW $OLD ; ((OLD++)) ; done < <(find /sys/firmware/devicetree/base -type d -name "pci@*" -printf "%f\n" | grep -o '....$' | sort -f)

It is needed to remove any rules for the same device that has been created by MAC address after the system has been booted already to a kernel >= 4.8.x
Following script can be used to reorder the PCI IDs. It can be run after online update prior rebooting the system into new kernel or after update, however a reboot is required to apply the changes -> Script to reorder the PCI IDs .
If it is not possible for now to make this changes, a kernel update has been released to switch back to old PCI Bus ID naming.
Make sure kernel is >= 4.12.14-95.13.1 and use kernel parameter
ATTENTION: The kernel parameter fix will not be carried over to SLE15, so if there is a plan to update some time from SLE12 to SLE15, already consider changing to the new PCI Bus ID naming for flawless update.


The issue is caused by a change in upstream kernel >= 4.8 where the PCI numbering has been changed from sequential order, starting from 0000, to open firmware pci naming order.


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  • Document ID:7023699
  • Creation Date: 04-Feb-2019
  • Modified Date:06-Apr-2020
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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