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Date:   Sun, 19 May 2019 12:37:52 -0500
From:   Alex Elder <>
To:     Subash Abhinov Kasiviswanathan <>
Cc:     Arnd Bergmann <>, David Miller <>,
        Bjorn Andersson <>,
        Ilias Apalodimas <>,, YueHaibing <>,
        Joe Perches <>,,,,,,,
        Linux Kernel Mailing List <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH 02/18] soc: qcom: create "include/soc/qcom/rmnet.h"

On 5/17/19 1:08 PM, Subash Abhinov Kasiviswanathan wrote:
> On 2019-05-17 11:27, Alex Elder wrote:
. . .
>> Can you provide a good explanation about why these
>> definitions belong in "include/linux/if_rmnet.h" instead
>> of "include/soc/qcom/rmnet.h"?
>> Thanks.
>>                     -Alex
> rmnet was designed similar to vlan / macvlan / ipvlan / bridge.
> These drivers support creation of virtual netdevices,
> define custom rtnl_link_ops, expose netlink attributes to
> uapi via if_link.h and register rx_handlers.
> They expose some common structs and helpers via if_vlan.h /
> if_macvlan.h / if_bridge.h. I would prefer rmnet to use if_rmnet.h
> similar to them.

OK, I will name the file "include/linux/if_rmnet.h" as you suggest.
It will still only define the three structures that I need in the
IPA driver; I won't expose anything else from the rmnet_data driver.

I will mention now that, to facilitate addressing Arnd's concerns
about the portability of using C bit-fields in these structures,
I made a set of other changes (including a bug fix in one of
the structure definitions).  As a preview, here are the subject
lines for that series:
    net: qualcomm: rmnet: fix struct rmnet_map_header
    net: qualcomm: rmnet: kill RMNET_MAP_GET_*() accessor macros
    net: qualcomm: rmnet: use field masks instead of C bit-fields
    net: qualcomm: rmnet: don't use C bit-fields in rmnet checksum header
    net: qualcomm: rmnet: don't use C bit-fields in rmnet checksum trailer
    soc: qcom: ipa: get rid of a variable in rmnet_map_ipv4_ul_csum_header()
    net: create "include/linux/if_rmnet.h"

I will be posting that as a separate series now and will have
the IPA driver series mention a dependence on that.


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