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Date:   Mon, 20 May 2019 16:37:10 +0100
From:   Edward Cree <>
To:     Pablo Neira Ayuso <>
CC:     Jamal Hadi Salim <>, Jiri Pirko <>,
        "David Miller" <>,
        netdev <>,
        Cong Wang <>,
        Andy Gospodarek <>,
        "Jakub Kicinski" <>,
        Michael Chan <>,
        Vishal Kulkarni <>
Subject: Re: [RFC PATCH v2 net-next 0/3] flow_offload: Re-add per-action

On 19/05/2019 01:22, Pablo Neira Ayuso wrote:
> On Fri, May 17, 2019 at 04:27:29PM +0100, Edward Cree wrote:
>> On 15/05/2019 20:39, Edward Cree wrote:
> [...]
>> Pablo, how do the two options interact with your netfilter offload?  I'm
>>  guessing it's easier for you to find a unique pointer than to generate
>>  a unique u32 action_index for each action.  I'm also assuming that
>>  netfilter doesn't have a notion of shared actions.
> It has that shared actions concept, see:
> Have a look at 'nfacct' in iptables-extensions(8) manpage.
Thanks.  Looking at net/netfilter/nfnetlink_acct.c, it looks as though you
 don't have a u32 index in there; for the cookie approach, would the
 address of the struct nf_acct (casted to unsigned long) work to uniquely
 identify actions that should be shared?
I'm not 100% sure how nf (or nfacct) offload is going to look, so I might
 be barking up the wrong tree here.  But it seems like the cookie method
 should work better for you — even if you did have an index, how would you
 avoid collisions with TC actions using the same indices if both are in
 use on a box?  Cookies OTOH are pointers, so guaranteed unique :)


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