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Date:	Fri, 05 Dec 2014 23:46:23 -0800
From:	Roopa Prabhu <>
To:	Thomas Graf <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH 1/3] netdev: introduce new NETIF_F_HW_SWITCH_OFFLOAD feature
 flag for switch device offloads

On 12/5/14, 2:43 PM, Thomas Graf wrote:
> On 12/04/14 at 06:26pm, wrote:
>> From: Roopa Prabhu <>
>> This is a generic high level feature flag for all switch asic features today.
>> switch drivers set this flag on switch ports. Logical devices like
>> bridge, bonds, vxlans can inherit this flag from their slaves/ports.
>> I had to use SWITCH in the name to avoid ambiguity with other feature
>> flags. But, since i have been harping about not calling it 'switch',
>> I am welcome to any suggestions :)
>> An alternative to using a feature flag is to use a IFF_HW_OFFLOAD
>> in net_device_flags.
> What does this flag indicate specifically? What driver would
> implement ndo_bridge_setlink() but not set this flag?
> I think it should be clearly documented when this flag is to bet set.
I mentioned it as an alternative because it was there in my RFC patch. 
There is no code for it yet.
And I will get rid of the comment in v2.
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