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Date:   Thu, 17 Sep 2020 16:25:17 -0700 (PDT)
From:   David Miller <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH net-next] net/packet: Fix a comment about mac_header

From: Xie He <>
Date: Wed, 16 Sep 2020 05:23:08 -0700

> 1. Change all "dev->hard_header" to "dev->header_ops"
> 2. On receiving incoming frames when header_ops == NULL:
> The comment only says what is wrong, but doesn't say what is right.
> This patch changes the comment to make it clear what is right.
> 3. On transmitting and receiving outgoing frames when header_ops == NULL:
> The comment explains that the LL header will be later added by the driver.
> However, I think it's better to simply say that the LL header is invisible
> to us. This phrasing is better from a software engineering perspective,
> because this makes it clear that what happens in the driver should be
> hidden from us and we should not care about what happens internally in the
> driver.
> 4. On resuming the LL header (for RAW frames) when header_ops == NULL:
> The comment says we are "unlikely" to restore the LL header.
> However, we should say that we are "unable" to restore it.
> It's not possible (rather than not likely) to restore it, because:
> 1) There is no way for us to restore because the LL header internally
> processed by the driver should be invisible to us.
> 2) In function packet_rcv and tpacket_rcv, the code only tries to restore
> the LL header when header_ops != NULL.
> Cc: Willem de Bruijn <>
> Signed-off-by: Xie He <>

Applied, thank you.

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