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Date:   Thu, 27 Oct 2016 16:56:43 +0200
From:   Phil Sutter <>
To:     Shmulik Ladkani <>
Cc:     Stephen Hemminger <>,
        Jamal Hadi Salim <>,
Subject: Re: [PATCHv2 iproute2 net-next] tc: m_mirred: Fix parsing of 'index'
 optional argument

On Thu, Oct 27, 2016 at 05:22:39PM +0300, Shmulik Ladkani wrote:
> Hi Phil,
> On Thu, 27 Oct 2016 11:46:33 +0200, wrote:
> > According to the action's help text (and the man page which is based
> > upon that), this behaviour is perfectly fine:
> > 
> > | Usage: mirred <DIRECTION> <ACTION> [index INDEX] <dev DEVICENAME>
> > 
> > So first argument *must* be the direction, second one *must* be the
> > action, then an optional index and the last one *must* be the interface.
> There is an inconsistency betweem man/help and code.
> Actual code, since first committed, attempts to parse "index" as 1st
> argument (without success), see parse_mirred():
> 	if (matches(*argv, "egress") == 0 || matches(*argv, "index") == 0) {
> 		int ret = parse_egress(a, &argc, &argv, tca_id, n);

Oh, I missed that! But to me this looks like the author wanted to avoid
erroring out with "mirred option not supported index" in case of missing
'egress' keyword.

>From that perspective, I think parse_direction() really should be
removed and it's content made part of parse_mirred() itself.

> > While I don't see a problem with changing that (apart from that I don't
> > think it's necessary)
> Not "changing" per-se, but rather "fixing", at least according code
> author's intention :)

I still think we don't fully know the author's intention. :)

> As I suggested in the notes part of the commit log,
> >> An alternative solution: banning "index" as 1st argument in parse_mirred
> I ok with removing the code trying to support "index" as 1st argument as
> well.
> I only assumed one might want this behaviour due to intention expressed
> by original code.

Yeah, I'd go with least effort approach, i.e. not adding any additional
flexibility in arg parsing. Since the docs never stated otherwise, I
don't think it was a real issue for users.

Cheers, Phil

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