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Date:	Wed, 07 Oct 2015 09:29:46 -0400
From:	Jarod Wilson <jarod@...hat.com>
To:	Nikolay Aleksandrov <nikolay@...ulusnetworks.com>
CC:	linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org,
	Uwe Koziolek <uwe.koziolek@...knee.com>,
	Jay Vosburgh <jay.vosburgh@...onical.com>,
	Andy Gospodarek <gospo@...ulusnetworks.com>,
	Veaceslav Falico <vfalico@...il.com>, netdev@...r.kernel.org
Subject: Re: [PATCH v4] net/bonding: send arp in interval if no active slave

Nikolay Aleksandrov wrote:
> On 10/06/2015 09:53 PM, Jarod Wilson wrote:
>> From: Uwe Koziolek<uwe.koziolek@...knee.com>
>>
>> With some very finicky switch hardware, active backup bonding can get into
>> a situation where we play ping-pong between interfaces, trying to get one
>> to come up as the active slave. There seems to be an issue with the
>> switch's arp replies either taking too long, or simply getting lost, so we
>> wind up unable to get any interface up and active. Sometimes, the issue
>> sorts itself out after a while, sometimes it doesn't.
>>
>> Testing with num_grat_arp has proven fruitless, but sending an additional
>> arp on curr_arp_slave if we're still in the arp_interval timeslice in
>> bond_ab_arp_probe(), has shown to produce 100% reliability in testing with
>> this hardware combination.
>>
>> [jarod: manufacturing of changelog, addition of modparam gating]
>> CC: Jay Vosburgh<jay.vosburgh@...onical.com>
>> CC: Andy Gospodarek<gospo@...ulusnetworks.com>
>> CC: Veaceslav Falico<vfalico@...il.com>
>> CC: netdev@...r.kernel.org
>> Signed-off-by: Uwe Koziolek<uwe.koziolek@...knee.com>
>> Signed-off-by: Jarod Wilson<jarod@...hat.com>
>> ---
>> v2: add code comment as to why change is needed
>> v3: fix wrapping of comments
>> v4: [jarod] add module parameter gating of code addition
>>
> Hi all,
> As Andy already stated I'm not a fan of such workarounds either but it's
> necessary sometimes so if this is going to be actually considered then a
> few things need to be fixed. Please make this a proper bonding option
> which can be changed at runtime and not only via a module parameter.

Okay, I can give that a shot, however...

> Now, I saw that you've only tested with 500 ms, can't this be fixed by using
> a different interval ? This seems like a very specific problem to have a
> whole new option for.

...I'll wait until we've heard confirmation from Uwe that intervals 
other than 500ms don't fix things.

> I really want to say fix the switch but I know that's not an option. :-)

Yeah, unfortunately not!

> A few minor nits below,
>
>>   drivers/net/bonding/bond_main.c | 24 ++++++++++++++++++++++++
>>   include/net/bonding.h           |  1 +
>>   2 files changed, 25 insertions(+)
>>
>> diff --git a/drivers/net/bonding/bond_main.c b/drivers/net/bonding/bond_main.c
>> index 90f2615..72ab512 100644
>> --- a/drivers/net/bonding/bond_main.c
>> +++ b/drivers/net/bonding/bond_main.c
>> @@ -95,6 +95,7 @@ static int miimon;
>>   static int updelay;
>>   static int downdelay;
>>   static int use_carrier	= 1;
>> +static int arp_slow_switch;
>>   static char *mode;
>>   static char *primary;
>>   static char *primary_reselect;
>> @@ -133,6 +134,10 @@ MODULE_PARM_DESC(downdelay, "Delay before considering link down, "
>>   module_param(use_carrier, int, 0);
>>   MODULE_PARM_DESC(use_carrier, "Use netif_carrier_ok (vs MII ioctls) in miimon; "
>>   			      "0 for off, 1 for on (default)");
>> +module_param(arp_slow_switch, int, 0);
>> +MODULE_PARM_DESC(arp_slow_switch, "Do extra arp checks for switches with arp "
>> +				  "caches that are slow to update; "
>> +				  "0 for off (default), 1 for on");
>>   module_param(mode, charp, 0);
>>   MODULE_PARM_DESC(mode, "Mode of operation; 0 for balance-rr, "
>>   		       "1 for active-backup, 2 for balance-xor, "
>> @@ -2793,6 +2798,18 @@ static bool bond_ab_arp_probe(struct bonding *bond)
>>   			return should_notify_rtnl;
>>   	}
>>
>> +	/* Sometimes the forwarding tables of the switches are not update
> ^ s/update/updated/

D'oh. Fixed locally.

>> @@ -4280,6 +4297,12 @@ static int bond_check_params(struct bond_params *params)
>>   		use_carrier = 1;
>>   	}
>>
>> +	if ((arp_slow_switch != 0) &&  (arp_slow_switch != 1)) {
> ^^ no need for the extra ()

Copy-pasta from use_carrier checks right above it. Never quite sure if I 
should stick with the same possibly sub-optimal formatting conventions 
already in the file, try to fix them while also fixing bugs, or just mix 
styles...


>> +		pr_warn("Warning: arp_slow_switch module parameter (%d), not of valid value (0/1), so it was set to 1\n",
>> +			arp_slow_switch);
>> +		arp_slow_switch = 1;
> ^^ please default to old behaviour in this case (0)

Will do.



-- 
Jarod Wilson
jarod@...hat.com


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