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Date:   Mon, 5 Oct 2020 15:13:54 -0700
From:   Jacob Keller <jacob.e.keller@...el.com>
To:     Vladimir Oltean <vladimir.oltean@....com>, netdev@...r.kernel.org,
        davem@...emloft.net, kuba@...nel.org
Cc:     willemdebruijn.kernel@...il.com
Subject: Re: [PATCH net-next] net: always dump full packets with skb_dump



On 10/5/2020 7:48 AM, Vladimir Oltean wrote:
> Currently skb_dump has a restriction to only dump full packet for the
> first 5 socket buffers, then only headers will be printed. Remove this
> arbitrary and confusing restriction, which is only documented vaguely
> ("up to") in the comments above the prototype.
> 

So, this limitation appeared very clearly in the original commit,
6413139dfc64 ("skbuff: increase verbosity when dumping skb data")..

Searching the netdev list, that patch links back to this one as the
original idea:

https://patchwork.ozlabs.org/project/netdev/patch/20181121021309.6595-2-xiyou.wangcong@gmail.com/

I can't find any further justification on that limit. I suppose the
primary reasoning being if you somehow call this function in a loop this
would avoid dumping the entire packet over and over?

Thanks,
Jake

> Signed-off-by: Vladimir Oltean <vladimir.oltean@....com>
> ---
>  net/core/skbuff.c | 6 +-----
>  1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 5 deletions(-)
> 
> diff --git a/net/core/skbuff.c b/net/core/skbuff.c
> index e0774471f56d..720076a6e2b1 100644
> --- a/net/core/skbuff.c
> +++ b/net/core/skbuff.c
> @@ -712,11 +712,10 @@ EXPORT_SYMBOL(kfree_skb_list);
>   *
>   * Must only be called from net_ratelimit()-ed paths.
>   *
> - * Dumps up to can_dump_full whole packets if full_pkt, headers otherwise.
> + * Dumps whole packets if full_pkt, only headers otherwise.
>   */
>  void skb_dump(const char *level, const struct sk_buff *skb, bool full_pkt)
>  {
> -	static atomic_t can_dump_full = ATOMIC_INIT(5);
>  	struct skb_shared_info *sh = skb_shinfo(skb);
>  	struct net_device *dev = skb->dev;
>  	struct sock *sk = skb->sk;
> @@ -725,9 +724,6 @@ void skb_dump(const char *level, const struct sk_buff *skb, bool full_pkt)
>  	int headroom, tailroom;
>  	int i, len, seg_len;
>  
> -	if (full_pkt)
> -		full_pkt = atomic_dec_if_positive(&can_dump_full) >= 0;
> -
>  	if (full_pkt)
>  		len = skb->len;
>  	else
> 

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