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Date:	Tue, 27 Mar 2007 22:51:53 +0200
From:	Patrick McHardy <>
To:	Herbert Xu <>
CC:	"David S. Miller" <>,
	Stephen Hemminger <>,
Subject: Re: [NET]: Allow forwarding of ip_summed except CHECKSUM_COMPLETE

Herbert Xu wrote:
> Hi Dave:
> [NET]: Allow forwarding of ip_summed except CHECKSUM_COMPLETE
> Right now Xen has a horrible hack that lets it forward packets with
> partial checksums.  One of the reasons that CHECKSUM_PARTIAL and
> CHECKSUM_COMPLETE were added is so that we can get rid of this hack
> (where it creates two extra bits in the skbuff to essentially mirror
> ip_summed without being destroyed by the forwarding code).
> I had forgotten that I've already gone through all the deivce drivers
> last time around to make sure that they're looking at ip_summed ==
> CHECKSUM_PARTIAL rather than ip_summed != 0 on transmit.  In any case,
> I've now done that again so it should definitely be safe.
> Unfortunately nobody has yet added any code to update CHECKSUM_COMPLETE
> values on forward so we I'm setting that to CHECKSUM_NONE.  This should
> be safe to remove for bridging but I'd like to check that code path
> first.
> So here is the patch that lets us get rid of the hack by preserving
> ip_summed (mostly) on forwarded packets.

Just wondering, how does Xen know whether a packet will be forwarded?
The input path doesn't seem to deal with CHECKSUM_PARTIAL correctly,
ip_defrag for example resets them to CHECKSUM_NONE, so further checks
will fail, others seem to either ignore them or handle them together

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