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Date:   Mon, 19 Oct 2020 20:56:36 -0600
From:   David Ahern <>
To:     Jakub Kicinski <>,
        Vincent Bernat <>
Cc:     "David S. Miller" <>,
        Jonathan Corbet <>,,
        Andy Gospodarek <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH net-next v1] net: evaluate

On 10/19/20 6:53 PM, Jakub Kicinski wrote:
> On Sat, 17 Oct 2020 14:50:11 +0200 Vincent Bernat wrote:
>> 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.
>> 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 <>
> I'm not hearing any objections, but I have two questions:
>  - do you intend to merge it for 5.10 or 5.11? Because it has a fixes
>    tag, yet it's marked for net-next. If we put it in 5.10 it may get
>    pulled into stable immediately, knowing how things work lately.
>  - we have other sysctls that use IN_DEV_CONF_GET(), 
>    e.g. "proxy_arp_pvlan" should those also be converted?

The inconsistency with 'all' has been a major pain. In this case, I
think it makes sense. Blindly changing all of them I suspect will lead
to trouble. It is something reviewers should keep an eye on as sysctl
settings get added.

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