Re: txqueuelen has wrong units; should be time

From: John W. Linville
Date: Mon Feb 28 2011 - 12:00:45 EST

On Mon, Feb 28, 2011 at 05:48:14PM +0100, Eric Dumazet wrote:
> Le lundi 28 février 2011 à 11:11 -0500, John W. Linville a écrit :
> > On Sun, Feb 27, 2011 at 09:07:53PM +0100, Eric Dumazet wrote:
> >
> > > Qdisc should return to caller a good indication packet is queued or
> > > dropped at enqueue() time... not later (aka : never)
> > >
> > > Accepting a packet at t0, and dropping it later at t0+limit without
> > > giving any indication to caller is a problem.
> >
> > Can you elaborate on what problem this causes? Is it any worse than
> > if the packet is dropped at some later hop?
> >
> > Is there any API that could report the drop to the sender (at
> > least a local one) without having to wait for the ack timeout?
> > Should there be?
> >
> Not all protocols have ACKS ;)
> dev_queue_xmit() returns an error code, some callers use it.

Well, OK -- I agree it is best if you can return the status at
enqueue time. The question becomes whether or not a dropped frame
is worse than living with high latency. The answer, of course, still
seems to be a bit subjective. But, if the admin has determined that
a link should be low latency...?

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