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Date: Tue, 17 Oct 2023 10:02:27 +0300
From: Amit Cohen <>
To: <>
CC: <>, <>, <>,
	<>, <>, Amit Cohen <>
Subject: [PATCH iproute2-next 8/8] man: bridge: add a note about using 'master' and 'self' with flush

When 'master' and 'self' keywords are used, the command will be handled
by the driver of the device itself and by the driver that the device is
master on. For VXLAN, such command will be handled by VXLAN driver and by
bridge driver in case that the VXLAN is master on a bridge.

The bridge driver and VXLAN driver do not support the same arguments for
flush command, for example - "vlan" is supported by bridge and not by
VXLAN and "vni" is supported by VXLAN and not by bridge.

The following command returns an error:
$ bridge fdb flush dev vx10 vlan 1 self master
Error: Unsupported attribute.

This error comes from the VXLAN driver, which does not support flush by
VLAN, but this command is handled by bridge driver, so entries in bridge
are flushed even though user gets an error.

Note in the man page that such command is not recommended, instead, user
should run flush command twice - once with 'self' and once with 'master',
and each one with the supported attributes.

Signed-off-by: Amit Cohen <>
 man/man8/bridge.8 | 5 +++++
 1 file changed, 5 insertions(+)

diff --git a/man/man8/bridge.8 b/man/man8/bridge.8
index f76bf96b..ee6f2260 100644
--- a/man/man8/bridge.8
+++ b/man/man8/bridge.8
@@ -943,6 +943,11 @@ command can also be used on the bridge device itself. The flag is set by default
 .B master
 if the specified network device is a port that belongs to a master device
 such as a bridge, the operation is fulfilled by the master device's driver.
+Flush with both 'master' and 'self' is not recommended with attributes that are
+not supported by all devices (e.g., vlan, vni). Such command will be handled by
+bridge or VXLAN driver, but will return an error from the driver that does not
+support the attribute. Instead, run flush twice - once with 'self' and once
+with 'master', and each one with the supported attributes.
 .B [no]permanent

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