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Date:   Tue, 10 Mar 2020 23:12:21 +0100
From:   Michal Kubecek <>
Cc:     Andrej Ras <>
Subject: Re: What does this code do

On Tue, Mar 10, 2020 at 02:42:11PM -0700, Andrej Ras wrote:
> While browsing the Linux networking code I came across these two lines
> in __ip_append_data() which I do not understand.
>                 /* Check if the remaining data fits into current packet. */
>                 copy = mtu - skb->len;
>                 if (copy < length)
>                         copy = maxfraglen - skb->len;
>                 if (copy <= 0) {
> Why not just use maxfraglen.
> Perhaps someone can explain why this is needed.

This function appends more data to an skb which can already contain some
payload. Therefore you need to take current length (from earlier) into
account, not only newly appended data.

This can be easily enforced e.g. with TCP_CORK or UDP_CORK socket option
or MSG_MORE flag.

Michal Kubecek

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