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Date:	Sun, 21 Jul 2013 23:29:33 +0300
From:	Or Gerlitz <>
To:	Ben Hutchings <>
Cc:	Jiri Pirko <>,,,
Subject: Re: [PATCH net-next] net: Add phys_port identifier to struct
 net_device and export it to sysfs

On Sun, Jul 21, 2013 at 5:48 PM, Ben Hutchings
<> wrote:
> On Sun, 2013-07-21 at 14:14 +0300, Or Gerlitz wrote:
>> On Sun, Jul 21, 2013 at 10:24 AM, Jiri Pirko <> wrote:
>> [...]
>> Sorry, I missed that fact that initially you responded on this thread
>> > The value could be anything. But note that you have to have different
>> > values for card1-port1,2 and card2-port1,2
>> why?
> The intent is to identify physical ports uniquely, so userland can tell
> whether two devices are backed by the same physical port.

OK this makes sense, and I understand that there are also some SRIOV
aspects / use cases where this field could be usefu, still I don't
understamd the direct relation to virtual functions, as mentioned in
the 1st patch.
> But there's no requirement on the format, so you could ensure that one
> byte of this identifier is the port number on the board.
> Ben.
> --
> Ben Hutchings, Staff Engineer, Solarflare
> Not speaking for my employer; that's the marketing department's job.
> They asked us to note that Solarflare product names are trademarked.
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