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Date:	Thu, 03 Jun 2010 15:51:07 +0100
From:	Ben Hutchings <>
To:	Arnd Bergmann <>
Cc:	Stephen Hemminger <>,
	David Miller <>,,,
Subject: Re: 64-bit net_device_stats

On Thu, 2010-06-03 at 01:38 +0200, Arnd Bergmann wrote:
> On Wednesday 02 June 2010 23:59:12 Stephen Hemminger wrote:
> > On Wed, 02 Jun 2010 22:34:29 +0100
> > Ben Hutchings <> wrote:
> > 
> > > Changing the counter types to u64 for 32-bit architectures would remove
> > > atomicity and expose half-updated counters to userland.  Changing the
> > > driver interface significantly so that atomicity is not needed would
> > > require changes to hundreds of drivers.
> > 
> > Another big issue is maintaining ABI compatibility for /proc and ioctl
> > interfaces. So bigger values would only be available through netlink,
> > and most applications using counters don't use netlink. 
> Doesn't the /proc interface already allow 64 bit values in case of
> 64 bit hosts running the same 32 bit user space?

Yes.  And the most widely used consumer of /proc/net/dev, ifconfig,
already parses them as 64-bit values.

> For the ioctl interfaces, we can of course introduce additional
> ioctl commands that always deal with 64 bit values, many other
> subsystems have been extended in similar ways.

Are there any ioctl interfaces to net_device_stats?  I didn't spot any.


Ben Hutchings, Senior Software Engineer, Solarflare Communications
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