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Date:   Wed, 4 Mar 2020 20:34:09 -0800
From:   Jakub Kicinski <>
To:     Alexander Duyck <>
Cc:     Michal Kubecek <>,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
Subject: Re: [PATCH net-next v2 01/12] ethtool: add infrastructure for
 centralized checking of coalescing parameters

On Wed, 04 Mar 2020 10:50:57 -0800 Alexander Duyck wrote:
> I just figured that by making in an enum it becomes less error prone since
> you can't accidentally leave a gap or end up renumbering things
> unintentionally.

True. That said the API will remain frozen for a little bit
longer - until the netlink conversion of this op.

> Combine that with some logic to take care of the bit
> shifting and it wouldn't differ much from how we handle the netdev feature
> flags and the like.

To be honest it was netdev features that made me dislike the model
slightly :)

Drivers sometimes print features as a hex u64 and trying to decode
that with the automatically assigned bits takes extra effort :S

With straight up defines I can do:

for i in `seq 0 32`; do 
	[ $((x & (1<<i))) -ne 0 ] && git grep "ETHTOOL_COALESCE_.*BIT($i)"

where x is set to whatever the driver printed. E.g.:

$ x=0xc37c0; for i in `seq 0 22`; do [ $((x & (1<<i))) -ne 0 ] && git grep  "ETHTOOL_COALESCE_.*BIT($i)"; done
include/linux/ethtool.h:#define ETHTOOL_COALESCE_TX_USECS_IRQ           BIT(6)
include/linux/ethtool.h:#define ETHTOOL_COALESCE_TX_MAX_FRAMES_IRQ      BIT(7)
include/linux/ethtool.h:#define ETHTOOL_COALESCE_STATS_BLOCK_USECS      BIT(8)
include/linux/ethtool.h:#define ETHTOOL_COALESCE_USE_ADAPTIVE_RX        BIT(9)
include/linux/ethtool.h:#define ETHTOOL_COALESCE_USE_ADAPTIVE_TX        BIT(10)
include/linux/ethtool.h:#define ETHTOOL_COALESCE_RX_USECS_LOW           BIT(12)
include/linux/ethtool.h:#define ETHTOOL_COALESCE_RX_MAX_FRAMES_LOW      BIT(13)
include/linux/ethtool.h:#define ETHTOOL_COALESCE_RX_MAX_FRAMES_HIGH     BIT(18)
include/linux/ethtool.h:#define ETHTOOL_COALESCE_TX_USECS_HIGH          BIT(19)

With enum there are no explicit numbers so nothing to grep for.
I could probably squeeze this information out of debug info, but 
debug info incantations don't stick in my memory.

IDK if that's a sane or valid reason, LMK if you feel strongly and
I'll convert. We'll probably revisit this anyway when netlink comes
with the attribute presence checking.

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