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Date:   Thu, 7 Sep 2017 17:47:32 -0700
From:   Mahesh Bandewar (महेश बंडेवार) 
To:     Nikolay Aleksandrov <>
Cc:     Kosuke Tatsukawa <>,
        Jay Vosburgh <>,
        Veaceslav Falico <>,
        Andy Gospodarek <>,
        "" <>,
        "" <>,
        Reinis Rozitis <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] net: bonding: Fix transmit load balancing in balance-alb
 mode if specified by sysfs

On Thu, Sep 7, 2017 at 5:39 PM, Mahesh Bandewar (महेश बंडेवार)
<> wrote:
> On Thu, Sep 7, 2017 at 4:09 PM, Nikolay Aleksandrov
> <> wrote:
>> On  7.09.2017 01:47, Kosuke Tatsukawa wrote:
>>> Commit cbf5ecb30560 ("net: bonding: Fix transmit load balancing in
>>> balance-alb mode") tried to fix transmit dynamic load balancing in
>>> balance-alb mode, which wasn't working after commit 8b426dc54cf4
>>> ("bonding: remove hardcoded value").
>>> It turned out that my previous patch only fixed the case when
>>> balance-alb was specified as bonding module parameter, and not when
>>> balance-alb mode was set using /sys/class/net/*/bonding/mode (the most
>>> common usage).  In the latter case, tlb_dynamic_lb was set up according
>>> to the default mode of the bonding interface, which happens to be
>>> balance-rr.
>>> This additional patch addresses this issue by setting up tlb_dynamic_lb
>>> to 1 if "mode" is set to balance-alb through the sysfs interface.
>>> I didn't add code to change tlb_balance_lb back to the default value for
>>> other modes, because "mode" is usually set up only once during
>>> initialization, and it's not worthwhile to change the static variable
>>> bonding_defaults in bond_main.c to a global variable just for this
>>> purpose.
>>> Commit 8b426dc54cf4 also changes the value of tlb_dynamic_lb for
>>> balance-tlb mode if it is set up using the sysfs interface.  I didn't
>>> change that behavior, because the value of tlb_balance_lb can be changed
>>> using the sysfs interface for balance-tlb, and I didn't like changing
>>> the default value back and forth for balance-tlb.
>>> As for balance-alb, /sys/class/net/*/bonding/tlb_balance_lb cannot be
>>> written to.  However, I think balance-alb with tlb_dynamic_lb set to 0
>>> is not an intended usage, so there is little use making it writable at
>>> this moment.
>>> Fixes: 8b426dc54cf4 ("bonding: remove hardcoded value")
> This is wrong! I think you are confusing various things here. ALB is
> different mode from TLB and TLB-dynamic-lb is *only* a special case of
> TLB. Your earlier patch is also wrong for the same reasons. However,
> since the default value of tlb_dynamic_lb is set to 0  it's not
> causing issues for ALB mode otherwise it would break ALB mode.
I take this back. The default value is 1 so ALB is broken because of
the referenced change.

> tlb_dynamic_lb has absolutely nothing to do with ALB mode. Please
> revert the earlier change (cbf5ecb30560).
> It's not clear to me what you saw as broken, so can't really suggest
> what really need to be done.

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