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Date:	Wed, 3 Feb 2016 14:31:33 +0100
From:	Jesper Dangaard Brouer <>
To:	Jiri Pirko <>
Subject: Re: [patch net-next RFC 0/6] Introduce devlink interface and first
 drivers to use it

On Wed,  3 Feb 2016 11:47:56 +0100
Jiri Pirko <> wrote:

> From: Jiri Pirko <>
> There a is need for some userspace API that would allow to expose things
> that are not directly related to any device class like net_device of
> ib_device, but rather chip-wide/switch-ASIC-wide stuff.
> Use cases:
> 1) get/set of port type (Ethernet/InfiniBand)
> 2) monitoring of hardware messages to and from chip
> 3) setting up port splitters - split port into multiple ones and squash again,
>    enables usage of splitter cable
> 4) setting up shared buffers - shared among multiple ports within one chip
> First patch of this set introduces a new generic Netlink based interface,
> called "devlink". It is similar to nl80211 model and it is heavily
> influenced by it, including the API definition. The devlink introduction patch
> implements use cases 1) and 2). Other 2 are in development atm and will
> be addressed by follow-ups.
> It is very convenient for drivers to use devlink, as you can see in other
> patches in this set.
> Counterpart for devlink is userspace tool called "dl". Command line interface
> and outputs are derived from "ip" tool so it should be easy for users to get
> used to it.
> It is available here:

IHMO this very short command name "dl" is not an advantage.  It is
simply too unspecific and short for a good Google search.  E.g. when
searching for good examples for using "dl".  I think "devlink" would be
better.  If you like short commands do: alias dl="devlink"

> Example usage:
> butter:~$ dl help
> Usage: dl [ OPTIONS ] OBJECT { COMMAND | help }
> where  OBJECT := { dev | port | monitor }
>        OPTIONS := { -v/--verbose }
> butter:~$ dl dev show
> 0: devlink0: bus pci dev 0000:01:00.0
> butter:~$ dl port help
> Usage: dl port show [DEV/PORT_INDEX]
> Usage: dl port set DEV/PORT_INDEX [ type { eth | ib | auto} ]
> butter:~$ dl port show
> devlink0/1: type ib ibdev mlx4_0
> devlink0/2: type ib ibdev mlx4_0
> butter:~$ sudo dl port set devlink0/1 type eth
> butter:~$ dl port show
> devlink0/1: type eth netdev ens4
> devlink0/2: type ib ibdev mlx4_0
> butter:~$ sudo dl port set devlink0/1 type auto
> butter:~$ dl port show
> devlink0/1: type eth(auto) netdev ens4
> devlink0/2: type ib ibdev mlx4_0

Best regards,
  Jesper Dangaard Brouer
  MSc.CS, Principal Kernel Engineer at Red Hat
  Author of

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