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Date:	Sat,  2 May 2015 09:24:43 -0700
Subject: [RFC PATCH net-next] switchdev: don't abort hardware ipv4 fib offload on failure to program fib entry in hardware

From: Roopa Prabhu <>

This basically removes the calls to netdev_switch_fib_ipv4_abort when
there is an error in programming fib entry in hardware.

On most systems where you can offload routes to hardware,
doing routing in software is not an option (the cpu's are not powerful
to route in software).

I understand that this was added to keep the first fib offload support
simple. This RFC patch is to start a discussion around why the fib
abort will not work for most hardware and to discuss alternate options
for default behaviour.

Available options:
a) Dont abort hardware offload and return appropriate error to the user on
fib offload failure by default (this patch)
b) make the behaviour in a) conditional on a global flag/sysctl (a per fib
entry flag will not work because by default user/routing-daemons dont care
if they are hardware offloaded)
c) for the users/routing-daemons interested in controlling the hardware
offload behaviour there is always the per fib entry flag RTF_F_EXTERNAL
(and special error codes -EOFFLOAD could perhaps indicate that the
hardware offload failed)

Considering the characteristics of the systems that support fib offloads,
a) above seems to be the right default.

PS: This patch currently removes use of the netdev_switch_fib_ipv4_abort
function but not the function itself. This will be fixed if we converge
on the default behaviour.

Signed-off-by: Roopa Prabhu <>
 net/ipv4/fib_trie.c |    5 +----
 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 4 deletions(-)

diff --git a/net/ipv4/fib_trie.c b/net/ipv4/fib_trie.c
index e13fcc6..05b6439 100644
--- a/net/ipv4/fib_trie.c
+++ b/net/ipv4/fib_trie.c
@@ -1171,7 +1171,6 @@ int fib_table_insert(struct fib_table *tb, struct fib_config *cfg)
 			if (err) {
-				netdev_switch_fib_ipv4_abort(fi);
 				kmem_cache_free(fn_alias_kmem, new_fa);
 				goto out;
@@ -1219,10 +1218,8 @@ int fib_table_insert(struct fib_table *tb, struct fib_config *cfg)
-	if (err) {
-		netdev_switch_fib_ipv4_abort(fi);
+	if (err)
 		goto out_free_new_fa;
-	}
 	/* Insert new entry to the list. */
 	err = fib_insert_alias(t, tp, l, new_fa, fa, key);

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