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Date:	Wed, 9 Apr 2014 22:35:15 +0200
From:	Hannes Frederic Sowa <>
To:	Francois WELLENREITER <>
Subject: Re: Does IPv6 support Jumbograms ?


On Wed, Apr 09, 2014 at 09:42:43PM +0200, Francois WELLENREITER wrote:
> I've been recently running performance tests with the loopback interface
> increasing the MTU over the 65535 byte limit.
> I was really surprised to see that a simple scp onto the ::1 address
> systematically blocked after transferring about 2,4 MB.
> My interpretation of this behavior is that the current IPv6 kernel layer
> does not support Jumbograms at all. Am I wrong ?
> If that's not the case, what could then the right interpretation of this
> issue ?
> And whenever I'm right, is there any plan to support this feature in a
> near future ?

IPv6 should handle the reception of jumbo frames quite fine, even the UDP size
override IIRC. But there is no support for large outgoing UDP frames, and I
currently don't know about TCP-MSS override works.

I guess you should be able to send jumbos with rawsocket if you attach the
dsthop header manually, but I have never tried it (maybe it will get blocked
by some check in ip6_output, HDRINCL and H-b-H option setsockopt could work

I currently don't see the need for that option if no one also takes care about
UDP and TCP paths, so I guess support is coming as soon as someone cares. ;)



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