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Date:   Tue, 10 May 2022 22:27:39 +0200
From:   Felix Fietkau <>
        Jo-Philipp Wich <>
Subject: [RFC] netfilter: nf_tables: ignore errors on flowtable device hw offload setup

In many cases, it's not easily possible for user space to know, which
devices properly support hardware offload. Even if a device supports hardware
flow offload, it is not guaranteed that it will actually be able to handle
the flows for which hardware offload is requested.

Ignoring errors on the FLOW_BLOCK_BIND makes it a lot easier to set up
configurations that use hardware offload where possible and gracefully
fall back to software offload for everything else.

Cc: Jo-Philipp Wich <>
Signed-off-by: Felix Fietkau <>
 net/netfilter/nf_tables_api.c | 8 +++-----
 1 file changed, 3 insertions(+), 5 deletions(-)

diff --git a/net/netfilter/nf_tables_api.c b/net/netfilter/nf_tables_api.c
index 16c3a39689f4..9d4528f0aa12 100644
--- a/net/netfilter/nf_tables_api.c
+++ b/net/netfilter/nf_tables_api.c
@@ -7323,11 +7323,9 @@ static int nft_register_flowtable_net_hooks(struct net *net,
-		err = flowtable->data.type->setup(&flowtable->data,
-						  hook->,
-						  FLOW_BLOCK_BIND);
-		if (err < 0)
-			goto err_unregister_net_hooks;
+		flowtable->data.type->setup(&flowtable->data,
+					    hook->,
+					    FLOW_BLOCK_BIND);
 		err = nf_register_net_hook(net, &hook->ops);
 		if (err < 0) {

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