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Date:	Fri, 16 Mar 2012 21:37:04 +0000
From:	Ben Hutchings <bhutchings@...arflare.com>
To:	Eric Dumazet <eric.dumazet@...il.com>
CC:	Anirban Chakraborty <anirban.chakraborty@...gic.com>,
	David Miller <davem@...emloft.net>,
	netdev <netdev@...r.kernel.org>,
	Dept-NX Linux NIC Driver 
	<Dept_NX_Linux_NIC_Driver@...gic.com>,
	Manish Chopra <manish.chopra@...gic.com>
Subject: Re: [PATCH net-next] ethtool: Added a field fw dump_state

On Fri, 2012-03-16 at 14:22 -0700, Eric Dumazet wrote:
> On Fri, 2012-03-16 at 14:10 -0700, Anirban Chakraborty wrote:
> > 
> > On 3/16/12 11:27 AM, "Ben Hutchings" <bhutchings@...arflare.com> wrote:
> > 
> > >On Fri, 2012-03-16 at 10:58 -0700, Anirban Chakraborty wrote:
> > >> +
> > >>  struct ethtool_dump {
> > >>  	__u32	cmd;
> > >>  	__u32	version;
> > >>  	__u32	flag;
> > >>  	__u32	len;
> > >>  	__u8	data[0];
> > >> +	__u8	dump_state;
> > >
> > >Don't be ridiculous.
> > 
> > Yeah I know, especially when there is a flag field already present there.
> > The only
> > reason, we considered for adding it is to keep the backward compatibility
> > of scripts.
> > Right now, the flag field sets/gets the dump level of fw. If we use it to
> > control the
> > dump state, then it would break the existing scripts, if there are any.
> > 
> 
> You missed the point... data[0] must be the last element in the
> structure.

Right.  And len is documented as not used by the ETHTOOL_SET_DUMP
command so we cannot say that when len == 1 then data[0] is this new
flag.

Just reserve some value of the flag to mean 'disable', say 0 or
0xffffffff.  If you want this 'disable' value to be understood by all
drivers and have ethtool support a keyword for it then also define a
macro for the value in ethtool.h.

Ben.

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Ben Hutchings, Staff Engineer, Solarflare
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