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Date:   Thu, 10 Sep 2020 09:00:16 +0200
From:   Jiri Pirko <>
To:     Thomas Falcon <>
Cc:     Jakub Kicinski <>,,
Subject: Re: Exposing device ACL setting through devlink

Tue, Sep 08, 2020 at 08:27:13PM CEST, wrote:
>On 9/4/20 5:37 PM, Jakub Kicinski wrote:
>> On Fri, 4 Sep 2020 10:31:41 +0200 Jiri Pirko wrote:
>> > Thu, Sep 03, 2020 at 07:59:45PM CEST, wrote:
>> > > Hello, I am trying to expose MAC/VLAN ACL and pvid settings for IBM
>> > > VNIC devices to administrators through devlink (originally through
>> > > sysfs files, but that was rejected in favor of devlink). Could you
>> > > give any tips on how you might go about doing this?
>> > Tom, I believe you need to provide more info about what exactly do you
>> > need to setup. But from what you wrote, it seems like you are looking
>> > for bridge/tc offload. The infra is already in place and drivers are
>> > implementing it. See mlxsw for example.
>> I think Tom's use case is effectively exposing the the VF which VLANs
>> and what MAC addrs it can use. Plus it's pvid. See:
>Thanks, Jakub,
>Right now, the use-case is to expose the allowed VLAN's and MAC addresses and
>the VF's PVID. Other use-cases may be explored later on though.

Who is configuring those?

What does mean "allowed MAC address"? Does it mean a MAC address that VF
can use to send packet as a source MAC?

What does mean "allowed VLAN"? VF is sending vlan tagged frames and only
some VIDs are allowed.

Pardon my ignorance, this may be routine in the nic world. However I
find the desc very vague. Please explain in details, then we can try to
find fitting solution.


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