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Date:	Fri, 20 Nov 2015 14:09:11 -0500 (EST)
From:	David Miller <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH net 1/1] tipc: correct settings of broadcast link state

From: Jon Maloy <>
Date: Thu, 19 Nov 2015 14:12:50 -0500

> Since commit 5266698661401afc5e ("tipc: let broadcast packet
> reception use new link receive function") the broadcast send
> link state was meant to always be set to LINK_ESTABLISHED, since
> we don't need this link to follow the regular link FSM rules. It
> was also the intention that this state anyway shouldn't impact
> the run-time working state of the link, since the latter in
> reality is controlled by the number of registered peers.
> We have now discovered that this assumption is not quite correct.
> If the broadcast link is reset because of too many retransmissions,
> its state will inadvertently go to LINK_RESETTING, and never go
> back to LINK_ESTABLISHED, because the LINK_FAILURE event was not
> anticipated. This will work well once, but if it happens a second
> time, the reset on a link in LINK_RESETTING has has no effect, and
> neither the broadcast link nor the unicast links will go down as
> they should.
> Furthermore, it is confusing that the management tool shows that
> this link is in UP state when that obviously isn't the case.
> We now ensure that this state strictly follows the true working
> state of the link. The state is set to LINK_ESTABLISHED when
> the number of peers is non-zero, and to LINK_RESET otherwise.
> Signed-off-by: Jon Maloy <>

Applied, thanks.
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