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Date:	Mon, 04 Jun 2007 15:02:31 -0700
From:	Ben Greear <>
To:	"Waskiewicz Jr, Peter P" <>
CC:	Marc Donner <>,
Subject: Re: skb->priority on arp packets

Waskiewicz Jr, Peter P wrote:
>> is it possible to set the skb->priority on arp packets 
>> generated by the kernel?
>> I want to to set the 802.1p priority on arp and ip packets on 
>> an interface. On ip packets, this can be done by the iptables 
>> CLASSIFY target and the 
>> skb->priority mapping from the vlan implementation.
>> any ideas?
> Currently unclassified ip packets have skb->priority set in ipsockglue,
> by translating the IP TOS field into a Linux priority.  This is not the
> same priority as 802.1p, rather, it's a Linux-based OS priority
> classification for dequeuing priority in schedulers such as sch_prio.
> 802.1p lives in the VLAN tag, which is separate from skb->priority.  I'd
> suggest reading to see
> what exactly skb->priority is used for in sch_prio and pfifo_fast, and
> how the ip layer determines a packet's priority.  The skb->priority
> field is also used in other ways in other qdiscs I'm not completely
> familiar with, but it's not directly related to priority of the packet.
> I'd need to look closer at those qdiscs to be specific.
> That being said, the only way I can think of manipulating skb->priority
> on arp packets (and actually setting it) is modifying a qdisc to set
> skb->priority if it matches a filter created using the tc command.

If you do manage to get the skb->priority set, then you can use vconfig
to set up mapping between skb->priority and the VLAN priority field.


> Cheers,
> -PJ Waskiewicz
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