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Date:   Thu, 27 Aug 2020 12:25:47 +0200
From:   Nicolas Dichtel <>
To:     Harald Welte <>
        Gabriel Ganne <>,,,
Subject: Re: [PATCH net-next v2] gtp: add notification mechanism

Hi Harald,

Le 27/08/2020 à 11:00, Harald Welte a écrit :
> Hi Nicolas,
> On Thu, Aug 27, 2020 at 12:36:24AM +0200, Nicolas Dichtel wrote:
>> Le 26/08/2020 à 20:52, Harald Welte a écrit :
>>> Wouldn't it make sense to only allocate + fill those messages if we
>>> actually knew a subscriber existed?
>> In fact, this is actually how the netlink framework works.
> Well, as you can tell from my responses, I've not been doing kernel work
> for a decade now, so I'm looking at things from a more distant and
> ignorant perspective.  To me it seems odd to allocate memory and copy
> data to it (cache misses, ...) if nobody every requested that data, and
> nobody will ever use it.  But if this is how it is supposed to work,
> then I will of course defer to that.  All netlink would have to expose
> is a function that returns whether or not there are any subscribers
> to the given multicast group.  Then all of the allocation +
> initialization would disappear in a branch that is not executed most of
> the time, at least for current, existing gtpnl systems.  Yes, that means
> one more branch, of course.  But that branch will happen later on
> anyway, event today: Only after the allocation + initialization.
I agree, but I didn't find a good solution for this right now. The lookup is not
straight forward.

> So having said the above, if this is how it is supposed to work with
> netlink:
> Acked-by: Harald Welte <>
Thank you.

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