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Date:   Sat, 17 Oct 2020 14:50:11 +0200
From:   Vincent Bernat <>
To:     "David S. Miller" <>,
        Jakub Kicinski <>,
        Jonathan Corbet <>,,
        Andy Gospodarek <>,
        David Ahern <>
Cc:     Vincent Bernat <>
Subject: [PATCH net-next v1] net: evaluate net.conf.ipvX.all.ignore_routes_with_linkdown

Introduced in 0eeb075fad73, the "ignore_routes_with_linkdown" sysctl
ignores a route whose interface is down. It is provided as a
per-interface sysctl. However, while a "all" variant is exposed, it
was a noop since it was never evaluated. We use the usual "or" logic
for this kind of sysctls.

Tested with:

    ip link add type veth # veth0 + veth1
    ip link add type veth # veth1 + veth2
    ip link set up dev veth0
    ip link set up dev veth1 # link-status paired with veth0
    ip link set up dev veth2
    ip link set up dev veth3 # link-status paired with veth2

    # First available path
    ip -4 addr add 203.0.113.${uts#H}/24 dev veth0
    ip -6 addr add 2001:db8:1::${uts#H}/64 dev veth0

    # Second available path
    ip -4 addr add 192.0.2.${uts#H}/24 dev veth2
    ip -6 addr add 2001:db8:2::${uts#H}/64 dev veth2

    # More specific route through first path
    ip -4 route add via # via veth0
    ip -6 route add 2001:db8:3::/56 via 2001:db8:1::ff # via veth0

    # Less specific route through second path
    ip -4 route add via # via veth2
    ip -6 route add 2001:db8:3::/48 via 2001:db8:2::ff # via veth2

    # H1: enable on "all"
    # H2: enable on "veth0"
    for v in ipv4 ipv6; do
      case $uts in
          sysctl -qw net.${v}.conf.all.ignore_routes_with_linkdown=1
          sysctl -qw net.${v}.conf.veth0.ignore_routes_with_linkdown=1

    set -xe
    # When veth0 is up, best route is through veth0
    ip -o route get | grep -Fw veth0
    ip -o route get 2001:db8:3::1 | grep -Fw veth0

    # When veth0 is down, best route should be through veth2 on H1/H2,
    # but on veth0 on H2
    ip link set down dev veth1 # down veth0
    ip route show
    [ $uts != H3 ] || ip -o route get | grep -Fw veth0
    [ $uts != H3 ] || ip -o route get 2001:db8:3::1 | grep -Fw veth0
    [ $uts = H3 ] || ip -o route get | grep -Fw veth2
    [ $uts = H3 ] || ip -o route get 2001:db8:3::1 | grep -Fw veth2

Without this patch, the two last lines would fail on H1 (the one using
the "all" sysctl). With the patch, everything succeeds as expected.

Also document the sysctl in `ip-sysctl.rst`.

Fixes: 0eeb075fad73 ("net: ipv4 sysctl option to ignore routes when nexthop link is down")
Signed-off-by: Vincent Bernat <>
 Documentation/networking/ip-sysctl.rst | 3 +++
 include/linux/inetdevice.h             | 2 +-
 2 files changed, 4 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/Documentation/networking/ip-sysctl.rst b/Documentation/networking/ip-sysctl.rst
index 837d51f9e1fa..fb6e4658fd4f 100644
--- a/Documentation/networking/ip-sysctl.rst
+++ b/Documentation/networking/ip-sysctl.rst
@@ -1552,6 +1552,9 @@ igmpv3_unsolicited_report_interval - INTEGER
 	Default: 1000 (1 seconds)
+ignore_routes_with_linkdown - BOOLEAN
+        Ignore routes whose link is down when performing a FIB lookup.
 promote_secondaries - BOOLEAN
 	When a primary IP address is removed from this interface
 	promote a corresponding secondary IP address instead of
diff --git a/include/linux/inetdevice.h b/include/linux/inetdevice.h
index 3515ca64e638..3bbcddd22df8 100644
--- a/include/linux/inetdevice.h
+++ b/include/linux/inetdevice.h
@@ -126,7 +126,7 @@ static inline void ipv4_devconf_setall(struct in_device *in_dev)
 #define IN_DEV_ARPFILTER(in_dev)	IN_DEV_ORCONF((in_dev), ARPFILTER)
 #define IN_DEV_ARP_ACCEPT(in_dev)	IN_DEV_ORCONF((in_dev), ARP_ACCEPT)

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