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Date:   Fri, 14 Aug 2020 16:16:27 +0300
From:   Maxim Mikityanskiy <>
To:     "David S. Miller" <>,
        Michal Kubecek <>, Andrew Lunn <>
Cc:     Jakub Kicinski <>,,
        Maxim Mikityanskiy <>
Subject: [PATCH net 3/3] ethtool: Don't omit the netlink reply if no features were changed

The legacy ethtool userspace tool shows an error when no features could
be changed. It's useful to have a netlink reply to be able to show this
error when __netdev_update_features wasn't called, for example:

1. ethtool -k eth0
   large-receive-offload: off
2. ethtool -K eth0 rx-fcs on
3. ethtool -K eth0 lro on
   Could not change any device features
   rx-lro: off [requested on]
4. ethtool -K eth0 lro on
   # The output should be the same, but without this patch the kernel
   # doesn't send the reply, and ethtool is unable to detect the error.

This commit makes ethtool-netlink always return a reply when requested,
and it still avoids unnecessary calls to __netdev_update_features if the
wanted features haven't changed.

Signed-off-by: Maxim Mikityanskiy <>
 net/ethtool/features.c | 11 ++++-------
 1 file changed, 4 insertions(+), 7 deletions(-)

diff --git a/net/ethtool/features.c b/net/ethtool/features.c
index 6b288bfd7678..495635f152ba 100644
--- a/net/ethtool/features.c
+++ b/net/ethtool/features.c
@@ -268,14 +268,11 @@ int ethnl_set_features(struct sk_buff *skb, struct genl_info *info)
 	bitmap_and(req_wanted, req_wanted, req_mask, NETDEV_FEATURE_COUNT);
 	bitmap_andnot(new_wanted, old_wanted, req_mask, NETDEV_FEATURE_COUNT);
 	bitmap_or(req_wanted, new_wanted, req_wanted, NETDEV_FEATURE_COUNT);
-	if (bitmap_equal(req_wanted, old_wanted, NETDEV_FEATURE_COUNT)) {
-		ret = 0;
-		goto out_rtnl;
+	if (!bitmap_equal(req_wanted, old_wanted, NETDEV_FEATURE_COUNT)) {
+		dev->wanted_features &= ~dev->hw_features;
+		dev->wanted_features |= ethnl_bitmap_to_features(req_wanted) & dev->hw_features;
+		__netdev_update_features(dev);
-	dev->wanted_features &= ~dev->hw_features;
-	dev->wanted_features |= ethnl_bitmap_to_features(req_wanted) & dev->hw_features;
-	__netdev_update_features(dev);
 	ethnl_features_to_bitmap(new_active, dev->features);
 	mod = !bitmap_equal(old_active, new_active, NETDEV_FEATURE_COUNT);

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