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Date:   Thu, 12 May 2022 08:45:20 -0700
From:   Jakub Kicinski <kuba@...nel.org>
To:     Harini Katakam <harinik@...inx.com>
Cc:     Harini Katakam <harini.katakam@...inx.com>,
        Nicolas Ferre <nicolas.ferre@...rochip.com>,
        David Miller <davem@...emloft.net>,
        Claudiu Beznea <claudiu.beznea@...rochip.com>,
        dumazet@...gle.com, Paolo Abeni <pabeni@...hat.com>,
        netdev <netdev@...r.kernel.org>,
        Linux Kernel Mailing List <linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org>,
        Michal Simek <michal.simek@...inx.com>,
        Radhey Shyam Pandey <radhey.shyam.pandey@...inx.com>
Subject: Re: [PATCH v2] net: macb: Disable macb pad and fcs for fragmented
 packets

On Thu, 12 May 2022 12:26:15 +0530 Harini Katakam wrote:
> On Thu, May 12, 2022 at 4:10 AM Jakub Kicinski <kuba@...nel.org> wrote:
> > On Tue, 10 May 2022 21:58:09 +0530 Harini Katakam wrote:  
> > > data_len in skbuff represents bytes resident in fragment lists or
> > > unmapped page buffers. For such packets, when data_len is non-zero,
> > > skb_put cannot be used - this will throw a kernel bug. Hence do not
> > > use macb_pad_and_fcs for such fragments.
> > >
> > > Fixes: 653e92a9175e ("net: macb: add support for padding and fcs computation")
> > > Signed-off-by: Harini Katakam <harini.katakam@...inx.com>
> > > Signed-off-by: Michal Simek <michal.simek@...inx.com>
> > > Signed-off-by: Radhey Shyam Pandey <radhey.shyam.pandey@...inx.com>
> > > Reviewed-by: Claudiu Beznea <claudiu.beznea@...rochip.com>  
> >
> > I'm confused. When do we *have to* compute the FCS?
> >
> > This commit seems to indicate that we can't put the FCS so it's okay to
> > ask the HW to do it. But that's backwards. We should ask the HW to
> > compute the FCS whenever possible, to save the CPU cycles.
> >
> > Is there an unstated HW limitation here?  
> 
> Thanks for the review. The top level summary is that there CSUM
> offload is enabled by
> via NETIF_F_HW_CSUM (and universally in IP registers) and then
> selectively disabled for
> certain packets (using NOCRC bit in buffer descriptors) where the
> application intentionally
> performs CSUM and HW should not replace it, for ex. forwarding usecases.
> I'm modifying this list of exceptions with this patch.
> 
> This was due to HW limitation (see
> https://www.spinics.net/lists/netdev/msg505065.html).
> Further to this, Claudiu added macb_pad_and_fcs support. Please see
> comment starting
> with "It was reported in" below:
> https://lists.openwall.net/netdev/2018/10/30/76
> 
> Hope this helps.
> I'll fix the nit and send another version.

So the NOCRC bit controls both ethernet and transport protocol
checksums? The CRC in the name is a little confusing.

Are you sure commit 403dc16796f5 ("cadence: force nonlinear buffers to
be cloned") does not fix the case you're trying to address?

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