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Manage interface bondings through sysfs interface

This is a easy way to manage your bondings through the sysfs interface.

Load the bond module:

# modprobe bond

Create a new bonding bond0:

echo "+bond0" >  /sys/class/net/bonding_masters

View the existing bondings:

# cat /sys/class/net/bonding_masters
bond0 bond1

Add interfaces to bond0 bonding:

echo "+eth0" > /sys/class/net/bond0/bonding/slaves
echo "+eth1" > /sys/class/net/bond0/bonding/slaves

Remove an interface from an existing bonding

echo "-eth0" > /sys/class/net/bond0/bonding/slaves

Remove the bond0 inteface

echo "-bond0" >  /sys/class/net/bonding_masters

Change the bonding mode (The bond interface must be down before the mode can be changed.):

echo balance-alb > /sys/class/net/bond0/bonding/mode


echo 6 > /sys/class/net/bond0/bonding/mode

A full example:

# modprobe bonding
# modprobe e100
# echo balance-alb > /sys/class/net/bond0/bonding/mode
# ifconfig bond0 netmask up
# echo 100 > /sys/class/net/bond0/bonding/miimon
# echo +eth0 > /sys/class/net/bond0/bonding/slaves
# echo +eth1 > /sys/class/net/bond0/bonding/slaves

References: [3.4]

Interface bonding on Ubuntu 14.04

Install the required package ifenslave

$ sudo apt-get install ifenslave ethtool

To prevent issues make sure that the bonding  module is listed in the /etc/modules file. In this way the module will be loaded at boot time.

$ cat /etc/modules
# /etc/modules: kernel modules to load at boot time.
# This file contains the names of kernel modules that should be loaded
# at boot time, one per line. Lines beginning with "#" are ignored.
# Parameters can be specified after the module name.


Configure the network with the new bond0 interface.

$ cat /etc/network/interfaces

# This file describes the network interfaces available on your system
# and how to activate them. For more information, see interfaces(5).

# The loopback network interface
auto lo
iface lo inet loopback

# The primary network interface
auto eth0
iface eth0 inet manual
  bond-master bond0

auto eth1
iface eth1 inet manual
  bond-master bond0

auto bond0
iface bond0 inet manual
  bond-miimon 100
  bond-mode balance-alb
  bond-slaves eth0 eth1

I configured here with the balance-alb mode that is able to balance the outgoing and incoming traffic without any special switch support, but the network drivers must support ethtool to retrieve the speed from them.

The common bonding modes that are very used are:
– active-backup
– balance-alb
– 802.3ad

You should check the bonding documentation and the features of each mode here:

To check that the new bond0 interface is working:

$ sudo cat /proc/net/bonding/bond0 
Ethernet Channel Bonding Driver: v3.7.1 (April 27, 2011)

Bonding Mode: adaptive load balancing
Primary Slave: None
Currently Active Slave: eth0
MII Status: up
MII Polling Interval (ms): 100
Up Delay (ms): 0
Down Delay (ms): 0

Slave Interface: eth0
MII Status: up
Speed: 10000 Mbps
Duplex: full
Link Failure Count: 1
Permanent HW addr: 0c:c4:7a:34:e8:a2
Slave queue ID: 0

Slave Interface: eth1
MII Status: up
Speed: 10000 Mbps
Duplex: full
Link Failure Count: 1
Permanent HW addr: 0c:c4:7a:34:e8:a3
Slave queue ID: 0