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Date:	Mon, 19 Mar 2012 12:46:29 +1030
From:	Rusty Russell <rusty@...tcorp.com.au>
To:	"Michael S. Tsirkin" <mst@...hat.com>,
	Jason Wang <jasowang@...hat.com>
Cc:	netdev@...r.kernel.org, virtualization@...ts.linux-foundation.org,
	linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org
Subject: Re: [V4 PATCH] virtio-net: send gratuitous packet when needed

On Tue, 13 Mar 2012 16:33:31 +0200, "Michael S. Tsirkin" <mst@...hat.com> wrote:
> > diff --git a/include/linux/virtio_net.h b/include/linux/virtio_net.h
> > index 970d5a2..44a38d6 100644
> > --- a/include/linux/virtio_net.h
> > +++ b/include/linux/virtio_net.h
> > @@ -49,8 +49,10 @@
> >  #define VIRTIO_NET_F_CTRL_RX	18	/* Control channel RX mode support */
> >  #define VIRTIO_NET_F_CTRL_VLAN	19	/* Control channel VLAN filtering */
> >  #define VIRTIO_NET_F_CTRL_RX_EXTRA 20	/* Extra RX mode control support */
> > +#define VIRTIO_NET_F_GUEST_ANNOUNCE 21  /* Guest can send gratituous packet */
> >  
> >  #define VIRTIO_NET_S_LINK_UP	1	/* Link is up */
> > +#define VIRTIO_NET_S_ANNOUNCE   2       /* Announcement is needed */
> 
> I would put this in bit 8 (0x100), this way low status byte
> is RO, high byte is RW.

The whole idea of acking by clearing the bit is unreliable, moving to a
separate byte just controls the damage.

How about you use bits 8-15 as a counter?  It's still theoretically
unreliable if 256 notifications pass before the guest notices, but it's
probably better and clearer than this.

I leave the final call to MST though.

Thanks,
Rusty.
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