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Date:   Tue, 26 May 2020 12:00:07 +0200
From:   Simon Wunderlich <>
        Sven Eckelmann <>,
        Matthias Schiffer <>,
        Simon Wunderlich <>
Subject: [PATCH 3/3] batman-adv: Revert "disable ethtool link speed detection when auto negotiation off"

From: Sven Eckelmann <>

The commit 8c46fcd78308 ("batman-adv: disable ethtool link speed detection
when auto negotiation off") disabled the usage of ethtool's link_ksetting
when auto negotation was enabled due to invalid values when used with
tun/tap virtual net_devices. According to the patch, automatic measurements
should be used for these kind of interfaces.

But there are major flaws with this argumentation:

* automatic measurements are not implemented
* auto negotiation has nothing to do with the validity of the retrieved

The first point has to be fixed by a longer patch series. The "validity"
part of the second point must be addressed in the same patch series by
dropping the usage of ethtool's link_ksetting (thus always doing automatic
measurements over ethernet).

Drop the patch again to have more default values for various net_device
types/configurations. The user can still overwrite them using the

Reported-by: Matthias Schiffer <>
Signed-off-by: Sven Eckelmann <>
Signed-off-by: Simon Wunderlich <>
 net/batman-adv/bat_v_elp.c | 15 +--------------
 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 14 deletions(-)

diff --git a/net/batman-adv/bat_v_elp.c b/net/batman-adv/bat_v_elp.c
index 353e49c40e7f..0bdefa35da98 100644
--- a/net/batman-adv/bat_v_elp.c
+++ b/net/batman-adv/bat_v_elp.c
@@ -127,20 +127,7 @@ static u32 batadv_v_elp_get_throughput(struct batadv_hardif_neigh_node *neigh)
 	ret = __ethtool_get_link_ksettings(hard_iface->net_dev, &link_settings);
-	/* Virtual interface drivers such as tun / tap interfaces, VLAN, etc
-	 * tend to initialize the interface throughput with some value for the
-	 * sake of having a throughput number to export via ethtool. This
-	 * exported throughput leaves batman-adv to conclude the interface
-	 * throughput is genuine (reflecting reality), thus no measurements
-	 * are necessary.
-	 *
-	 * Based on the observation that those interface types also tend to set
-	 * the link auto-negotiation to 'off', batman-adv shall check this
-	 * setting to differentiate between genuine link throughput information
-	 * and placeholders installed by virtual interfaces.
-	 */
-	if (ret == 0 && link_settings.base.autoneg == AUTONEG_ENABLE) {
+	if (ret == 0) {
 		/* link characteristics might change over time */
 		if (link_settings.base.duplex == DUPLEX_FULL)
 			hard_iface->bat_v.flags |= BATADV_FULL_DUPLEX;

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