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Date:   Sun, 25 Oct 2020 20:48:38 -0600
From:   David Ahern <>
To:     Jakub Kicinski <>,
        Guillaume Nault <>
Cc:     David Miller <>,,
        Alexander Ovechkin <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH net 1/2] mpls: Make MPLS_IPTUNNEL select NET_MPLS_GSO

On 10/25/20 3:43 PM, Jakub Kicinski wrote:
> On Fri, 23 Oct 2020 20:48:16 +0200 Guillaume Nault wrote:
>> On Fri, Oct 23, 2020 at 11:23:04AM -0700, Jakub Kicinski wrote:
>>> On Fri, 23 Oct 2020 18:19:43 +0200 Guillaume Nault wrote:  
>>>> Since commit b7c24497baea ("mpls: load mpls_gso after mpls_iptunnel"),
>>>> mpls_iptunnel.ko has a softdep on mpls_gso.ko. For this to work, we
>>>> need to ensure that mpls_gso.ko is built whenever MPLS_IPTUNNEL is set.  
>>> Does it generate an error or a warning? I don't know much about soft
>>> dependencies, but I'd think it's optional.  
>> Yes, it's optional from a softdep point of view. My point was that
>> having a softdep isn't a complete solution, as a bad .config can still
>> result in inability to properly transmit GSO packets.
> IMO the combination of select and softdep feels pretty strange.
> It's either a softdep and therefore optional, or we really don't 
> want to be missing it in a correctly functioning system, and the
> dependency should be made stronger.

That's why I liked the softdep solution - if the module is there, load it.

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