[Bridge] [PATCH] bonding: allow bond in mode balance-alb to work properly in bridge -try4

Jiri Pirko jpirko at redhat.com
Fri Mar 27 02:47:32 PDT 2009

Fri, Mar 27, 2009 at 09:55:39AM CET, kaber at trash.net wrote:
> Jiri Pirko wrote:
>> Fri, Mar 27, 2009 at 08:53:13AM CET, kaber at trash.net wrote:
>>> >
>>> > Me neither, but I don't think this approach can be done without the
>>> > hook. While I still find it questionable whether this mode really
>>> > needs to be supported for a bridge at all
>> Well there is I think nothing unusual in this net scheme. And by for example
>> the increasing setups with kvm/bridging it will be needed more and more.
> Mangling ARP packets for load-balancing purposes seems quite unusual.

Well, there are many unusual things, that do not imply that they should not be

>>> , an alternative approach
>>> would be to have bonding add FDB entries for all secondary MACs to
>>> make bridging treat them as local.
>> Yes - that is the clear way. But there's not really straihtforward way to do
>> this. The clear approach would be to extend struct net_device for list of these
>> mac addresses and let the drivers (binding) fill it and bridge to process it.
>> But I don't know.
> We have a list of secondary unicast addresses, but that might not
> be suitable in this case since the addresses are (mostly) intended
> not to be visible to the stack if I understood correctly.

I agree this list is not suitable for this - it's used for different purpose and
I think it would be not wise to mix it with what we want...

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