[Bridge] [PATCH] bonding: allow bond in mode balance-alb to work properly in bridge

Jiri Pirko jpirko at redhat.com
Sat Mar 14 02:49:11 PDT 2009

Sat, Mar 14, 2009 at 06:39:32AM CET, shemminger at linux-foundation.org wrote:
>On Fri, 13 Mar 2009 19:33:04 +0100
>Jiri Pirko <jpirko at redhat.com> wrote:
>> Hi all.
>> This is only a draft of patch to consult. I'm aware that it should be divided
>> into multiple patches. I want to know opinion from you folks.
>> The problem is described in following bugzilla:
>> https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=487763
>> Basically here's what's going on. In every mode, bonding interface uses the same
>> mac address for all enslaved devices. Except for mode balance-alb. When you put
>> this kind of bond device into a bridge it will only add one of mac adresses into
>> a hash list of mac addresses, say X. This mac address is marked as local. But
>> this bonding interface also has mac address Y. Now then packet arrives with
>> destination address Y, this address is not marked as local and the packed looks
>> like it needs to be forwarded. This packet is then lost which is wrong.
>> Notice that interfaces can be added and removed from bond while it is in bridge.
>> Therefore I introduce another function pointer in struct net_device_ops -
>> ndo_check_mac_address. This function when it's implemented should check passed
>> mac address against the one set in device. I'm using this in bonding driver when
>> the bond is in mode balance-alb to walk thru all slaves and checking if any of
>> them equals passed address.
>> Then in bridge function br_handle_frame_finish() I'm using ndo_check_mac_address
>> to recognize the destination mac address as local.
>> Please look at this and tell me what you think about it.
>> Thanks
>> Jirka
>A better and more general way to do this have the dev_set_mac_address
>function check the return of the notifier and unwind. Then any protocol
>can easily prevent address from changing.

Can you please describe this thougth a bit more? I can't understand it now...



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