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Date:	Fri, 03 Oct 2008 18:25:59 +0100
From:	Ben Hutchings <>
To:	Lennert Buytenhek <>
Cc:, Byron Bradley <>,
	Jesper Dangaard Brouer <>,
	Tim Ellis <>,
	Andy Fleming <>,
	Imre Kaloz <>, Nicolas Pitre <>,
	Dirk Teurlings <>,
	Peter van Valderen <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH 3/6] [NET] dsa: add support for original DSA tagging

On Mon, 2008-09-29 at 04:38 +0200, Lennert Buytenhek wrote:
> Most of the DSA switches currently in the field do not support the
> Ethertype DSA tagging format that one of the previous patches added
> support for, but only the original DSA tagging format.
> The original DSA tagging format carries the same information as the
> Ethertype DSA tagging format, but with the difference that it does not
> have an ethertype field.  In other words, when receiving a packet that
> is tagged with an original DSA tag, there is no way of telling in
> eth_type_trans() that this packet is in fact a DSA-tagged packet.
> This patch adds a hook into eth_type_trans() which is only compiled in
> if support for a switch chip that doesn't support Ethertype DSA is
> selected, and which checks whether there is a DSA switch driver
> instance attached to this network device which uses the old tag format.
> If so, it sets the protocol field to ETH_P_DSA without looking at the
> packet, so that the packet ends up in the right place.

Why should this go in eth_type_trans()?  Why don't you put the hook into
the specific network driver(s) that need it?

For that matter, why should dsa_ptr go in struct net_device and not in
the private state for the specific network drivers that need it?


Ben Hutchings, Senior Software Engineer, Solarflare Communications
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