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Date:	Sat, 27 Feb 2010 02:25:57 -0500
From:	Jeff Garzik <jeff@...zik.org>
To:	Peter P Waskiewicz Jr <peter.p.waskiewicz.jr@...el.com>,
	"Kirsher, Jeffrey T" <jeffrey.t.kirsher@...el.com>
CC:	"davem@...emloft.net" <davem@...emloft.net>,
	"netdev@...r.kernel.org" <netdev@...r.kernel.org>,
	"gospo@...hat.com" <gospo@...hat.com>,
	Ben Hutchings <bhutchings@...arflare.com>
Subject: Re: [net-next-2.6 PATCH] ethtool: Add n-tuple string length to drvinfo
 and return it

On 02/27/2010 01:31 AM, Jeff Garzik wrote:
> On 02/26/2010 06:49 PM, Peter P Waskiewicz Jr wrote:
>> On Fri, 2010-02-26 at 05:56 -0800, Jeff Garzik wrote:
>>> On 02/26/2010 06:54 AM, Jeff Kirsher wrote:
>>>> From: Peter Waskiewicz<peter.p.waskiewicz.jr@...el.com>
>>>>
>>>> The drvinfo struct should include the number of strings that
>>>> get_rx_ntuple will return. It will be variable if an underlying
>>>> driver implements its own get_rx_ntuple routine, so userspace
>>>> needs to know how much data is coming.
>>>>
>>>> Signed-off-by: Peter P Waskiewicz Jr<peter.p.waskiewicz.jr@...el.com>
>>>> Signed-off-by: Jeff Kirsher<jeffrey.t.kirsher@...el.com>
>>>> ---
>>>>
>>>> include/linux/ethtool.h | 1 +
>>>> net/core/ethtool.c | 3 +++
>>>> 2 files changed, 4 insertions(+), 0 deletions(-)
>>>
>>> (resending reply, standard patch-sending box is having trouble sending
>>> to vger)
>>>
>>>
>>> As noted in the other email, your patch breaks ABI. The proper path is
>>> to decrease the size of reserved struct member, and NOT shift the offset
>>> of other members.
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> However, perhaps consider the following patch for returning n-tuple
>>> count, for four reasons:
>>>
>>> 1) space in ethtool_drvinfo is limited
>>>
>>> 2) the patch below permits trivial string set addition, without
>>> ABI changes beyond adding a new ETH_SS_xxx constant.
>>>
>>> 3) the patch below permits direct access to ops->get_sset_count(),
>>> rather than implicit access via ethtool_drvinfo
>>>
>>> 4) ethtool_drvinfo interface does not permit indication of
>>> ops->get_sset_count() failure, versus returning zero value. The
>>> patch below does so, via output sset_mask.
>>>
>>> WARNING: this patch is compile-tested only.
>>>
>>> NOTE: I added a cosmetic fix to ETHTOOL_[GS]RXNTUPLE constants, making
>>> their indentation consistent with the rest of the list of constants.
>>>
>>> Signed-off-by: Jeff Garzik<jgarzik@...hat.com>
>>
>> I'm updating your patch since I found an issue. The mask is passing in
>> the ETH_SS_* flags, but then they're treated as bits, not enumerated
>> flags. I'm thinking of the best non-intrusive way to correct it.
>
> As Ben noted, you cannot change those enumerated values, as they are
> already part of the ABI.
>
> For ETHTOOL_GSSET_INFO, you initialize the sset_mask like this:
>
> info.sset_mask = (1ULL << ETH_SS_NTUPLE_FILTERS);
>
> A multiple initialization would look like this:
>
> info.sset_mask = (1ULL << ETH_SS_NTUPLE_FILTERS) |
> (1ULL << ETH_SS_STATS) |
> (1ULL << ETH_SS_PRIV_FLAGS);

Additionally, upon ioctl(2) completion, info.sset_mask will contain 
(1<<ETH_SS_NTUPLE_FILTERS) if and only if the kernel 
ops->get_sset_count() function call returned successfully.

Thus, the absence of that bit in info.sset_mask indicates the driver 
returned failure.

This condition needs to be checked in your userspace ethtool patch.

	Jeff


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