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Date:   Tue, 19 Feb 2019 14:56:27 -0500
From:   Vivien Didelot <>
To:     Russell King - ARM Linux admin <>
Cc:     Andrew Lunn <>,
        Florian Fainelli <>,
        Heiner Kallweit <>,
        "David S. Miller" <>,
Subject: Re: [PATCH net-next v2 2/3] net: dsa: mv88e6xxx: add support for
 bridge flags

Hi Russell,

On Tue, 19 Feb 2019 19:10:16 +0000, Russell King - ARM Linux admin <> wrote:
> > True, let's stick with ops->port_egress_flood(ds, port, bool uc, bool mc).
> > I do not think that it is necessary to add support for BR_BCAST_FLOOD yet,
> > we can extend this routine later if we need to.
> > 
> > Your dsa_port_bridge_flags() core function can notify the understood
> > features. This will allow us to scope the support of the bridge flags in
> > the core, and preventing the drivers to do that themselves.
> So, if we have ops->port_egress_flood, then we tell bridge that
> we support BR_FLOOD | BR_MCAST_FLOOD, irrespective of whether the
> bridge actually supports both?

I would say so yes. If a driver implements port_egress_flood(), this means
its switch device supports both BR_FLOOD | BR_MCAST_FLOOD.

I have one concern though. The documentation of mcast_flood for bridge(8)
says that this flag "controls whether a given port will *be flooded* with
[unknown] multicast traffic". From this I understand allowing this port to
*receive* frames with unknown destination addresses. But with mv88e6xxx, we
program whether the port is allowed to egress a frame that has an unknown
destination address. Otherwise, it will not go out this port.

Am I mistaken? If I understood correctly, is it safe to assume it is the
same thing we are implementing here?



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