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Date:   Thu, 12 Oct 2017 22:03:30 -0400
From:   Jamal Hadi Salim <>
To:     Nikolay Aleksandrov <>,
        Roman Mashak <>,
        David Ahern <>
Cc:     David Miller <>,
        Stephen Hemminger <>,
        Linux Kernel Network Developers <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH net-next v2 1/1] bridge: return error code when deleting

On 17-10-12 02:12 PM, Nikolay Aleksandrov wrote:
> On 12/10/17 21:07, Roman Mashak wrote:

>> For example, if you attempt to delete a non-existing vlan on a port,
>> the current code succeeds and also sends event :
>> rtnetlink_rcv_msg
>>      rtnl_bridge_dellink
>>         br_dellink
>>            br_afspec
>>               br_vlan_info
>> int br_dellink(..)
>> {
>>    ...
>>    err = br_afspec()
>>    if (err == 0)
>>        br_ifinfo_notify(RTM_NEWLINK, p);
>> }
>> This is misleading, so a proper errcode has to be produced.

> True, but you also change the expected behaviour because now a user can
> clear all vlans with one request (1 - 4094), and after the change that
> will fail with a partial delete if some vlan was missing.

The issue is more subtle (per Roman above):
Try to delete a vlan (that doesnt  exist).
1) It says "success".
2) Worse: Another process listening (bridge monitor?) gets an _event_
  that  the vlan has been deleted (when it never existed in the first

> This has been the behaviour forever and some script might depend on it.
> Also IMO, and as David also mentioned, doing a partial delete is not good.

I think this is a bug (especially the event part).


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