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Date:   Sun, 18 Oct 2020 01:07:52 +0200
From:   Andrew Lunn <>
To:     Vladimir Oltean <>
        Christian Eggers <>,
        Kurt Kanzenbach <>
Subject: Re: [RFC PATCH 00/13] Generic TX reallocation for DSA

Hi Vladimir

> For example, the tail tagging driver for Marvell 88E6060 currently
> reallocates _every_single_frame_ on TX. Is that an obvious
> indication that nobody is using it?

We have had very few patches for that driver, so i would agree with
you, it is probably not used any more. It could even be something we
consider moving to staging and then out of the kernel.

> DSA has all the information it needs in order to simplify the job of a
> tagger on TX. It knows whether it's a normal or a tail tagger, and what
> is the protocol overhead it incurs. So why not just perform the
> reallocation centrally, which also has the benefit of being able to
> introduce a common ethtool statistics counter for number of TX reallocs.
> With the latter, performance issues due to this particular reason are
> easy to track down.

All sounds good to me, in principle. But the devil is in the details.


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