This fixes a race condition between the thread that copies bonds and VLANs from
the master when a new slave joins the pool, and the thread that creates/updates
the PIF_metrics (the "monitor thread"). Or in fact a race between anything that
creates a bond and very soon after that a VLAN on top of it.
Since XCP1.6/XS6.1, VLANs no longer have their own PIF_metrics. Rather, they point
to the PIF_metrics of the underlying PIF, which can be either a physical PIF
(e.g. for eth0), or a bond PIF. Therefore, the carrier of a VLAN PIF is the same
as the carrier of the underlying PIF.
When a physical PIF or bond PIF is created, it does not immediately have
PIF_metrics (PIF.metrics = "OpaqueRef:NULL"). The PIF_metrics object is created
and assigned to the PIF by the monitor thread a short while after that. If you
create a VLAN before the PIF_metrics have been created, the PIF.metrics field from
the underlying PIF will still be copied, which is "OpaqueRef:NULL". This will never
get updated, because the monitor thread ignores VLANs.
The fix is simply to immediately create an (empty) metrics object when creating a
Signed-off-by: Rob Hoes <firstname.lastname@example.org>