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

Bill Nottingham notting at redhat.com
Wed Jul 9 19:34:29 PDT 2008


David Miller (davem at davemloft.net) said: 
> > Why, if netlink is the standard (and it's been around for a long
> > damn time), was sysfs configuration for bonding added in 2005? Why
> > was bridge configuration added in 2005, and *extended* in 2006 and
> > 2007? Why were the user-space tools such as brctl ported from ioctl
> > to sysfs?
> 
> Because often a lot of shit slips in when someone who understands
> the ramifications is too busy or on vacation.

Duly noted, will time all patch submissions to land during your
vacations in the future.

More seriously, if there's not a mechanism to prevent ABIs the
kernel doesn't want like this being added, that's a problem.

> We do want everything to be netlink based.
> 
> Why?
> 
> Because it means that you can run one monitoring tool to listen
> for netlink events and report them to the user for diagnosis.
> 
> It means that network configuration events can be sent over
> the wire and used remotely at some point.
> 
> The latter can never happen as long as we keep adding ad-hoc
> config stuff.

Sure, but it does make them more opaque to the normal user,
leaving them wrapped in the same old ip/brctl/ifenslave/vconfig
tools - for better or worse, people like the discoverability
and obviousness of sysfs.

Bill


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