[Bridge] [RFC PATCH 0/2] Allow full bridge configuration via sysfs

Bill Nottingham notting at redhat.com
Mon Jul 7 13:53:42 PDT 2008

Patrick McHardy (kaber at trash.net) said: 
> Bill Nottingham wrote:
>> Right now, you can configure most bridge device parameters via sysfs.
>> However, you cannot either:
>> - add or remove bridge interfaces
>> - add or remove physical interfaces from a bridge
>> The attached patch set rectifies this. With this patch set, brctl
>> (theoretically) becomes completely optional, much like ifenslave is
>> now for bonding. (In fact, the idea for this patch, and the syntax
>> used herein, is inspired by the sysfs bonding configuration.)
> Both should use netlink instead of extending their sysfs interfaces.
> For bridging I have a patch for the bridge device itself, the API
> is so far missing support for adding ports though.

How does that improve the situation for bridge devices? Are all
bridging parameters (forward_delay, stp, etc.) going to be configurable
via netlink, or would we still then have multiple tools/interfaces
to configuration? Also, moving bonding configuration to netlink seems
like a step backwards.


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