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Date:   Sat, 31 Oct 2020 10:05:54 -0700
From:   Xie He <>
To:     Jakub Kicinski <>,
        "David S. Miller" <>,
        Linux Kernel Network Developers <>,
        LKML <>,
        Willem de Bruijn <>,
        Krzysztof Halasa <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH net-next v6 4/5] net: hdlc_fr: Improve the initial checks
 when we receive an skb

On Fri, Oct 30, 2020 at 5:49 PM Xie He <> wrote:
> Add an fh->ea2 check to the initial checks in fr_rx. fh->ea2 == 1 means
> the second address byte is the final address byte. We only support the
> case where the address length is 2 bytes. If the address length is not
> 2 bytes, the control field and the protocol field would not be the 3rd
> and 4th byte as we assume. (Say it is 3 bytes, then the control field
> and the protocol field would be the 4th and 5th byte instead.)

No, I don't think adding this explanation (about why address lengths
other than 2 are not supported) is necessary. The code of this driver
completely doesn't support address lengths other than 2 for many
reasons, not only the reason above. The code for parsing and
generating the address field (q922_to_dlci and dlci_to_q922) supports
only 2-byte address fields. Also, the structure of the sending code of
this driver can only generate headers with a 2-byte address field.
Frame Relay networks usually have a fixed address length, that means a
certain network usually has only 1 fixed address length. If this
driver sends frames with 2-byte address fields, it shouldn't expect it
would receive frames with 3-byte or 4-byte address fields. There are
too many reasons, and I think just saying we only support 2-byte
address fields is completely enough. Explaining the reason as above
seems weird and inadequate to me, and also unnecessary to me.

Therefore, I will resend this patch series with this explanation
(about why address lengths other than 2 are not supported) removed.

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