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Date:	Fri, 2 May 2008 13:08:21 -0700
From:	"Waskiewicz Jr, Peter P" <>
To:	"Jeff Garzik" <>
Cc:	<>
Subject: RE: [PATCH 1/3] ixgbe: Add Data Center Bridging netlink listener for DCB runtime changes.

> Seems to me we don't want each driver supporting this 
> technology to create their own netlink interface...

Definitely reasonable.  However, even with an ethtool interface, there's
going to be a good chunk of development.  Is the issue just the
non-generic netlink family we're implementing, or is it something else?

> This seems more appropriate via ethtool, or ethtool-netlink 
> (Thomas Graf posted an RFC)

Oddly enough, we made the decision early on in development not to use
ethtool.  We would be adding a rather large number of ioctls for this
technology, and our initial thoughts were that the community would
reject that large of a change to the ethtool interface.

I'm very interested in the ethtool-netlink interface, which would
probably help us get rid of the ixgbe_is_ixgbe() call in the DCB driver.

Aside from the netlink issues, how does the rest of the code appear?
Thanks for the feedback Jeff.

-PJ Waskiewicz
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