Re: [PATCH v2 net-next] net/core: generic support for disabling netdev features down stack

From: David Miller
Date: Mon Nov 02 2015 - 23:42:05 EST

From: Jarod Wilson <jarod@xxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 2 Nov 2015 21:55:59 -0500

> There are some netdev features, which when disabled on an upper device,
> such as a bonding master or a bridge, must be disabled and cannot be
> re-enabled on underlying devices.
> This is a rework of an earlier more heavy-handed appraoch, which simply
> disables and prevents re-enabling of netdev features listed in a new
> define in include/net/netdev_features.h, NETIF_F_UPPER_DISABLES. Any upper
> device that disables a flag in that feature mask, the disabling will
> propagate down the stack, and any lower device that has any upper device
> with one of those flags disabled should not be able to enable said flag.
> Initially, only LRO is included for proof of concept, and because this
> code effectively does the same thing as dev_disable_lro(), though it will
> also activate from the ethtool path, which was one of the goals here.
> This has been successfully tested with bnx2x, qlcnic and netxen network
> cards as slaves in a bond interface. Turning LRO on or off on the master
> also turns it on or off on each of the slaves, new slaves are added with
> LRO in the same state as the master, and LRO can't be toggled on the
> slaves.
> Also, this should largely remove the need for dev_disable_lro(), and most,
> if not all, of its call sites can be replaced by simply making sure
> NETIF_F_LRO isn't included in the relevant device's feature flags.
> Note that this patch is driven by bug reports from users saying it was
> confusing that bonds and slaves had different settings for the same
> features, and while it won't be 100% in sync if a lower device doesn't
> support a feature like LRO, I think this is a good step in the right
> direction.
> Signed-off-by: Jarod Wilson <jarod@xxxxxxxxxx>

Looks good to me, applied, thanks Jarod.
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