[Bridge] [PATCH net-next 2/9] net: bridge: offload initial and final port flags through switchdev

Nikolay Aleksandrov nikolay at nvidia.com
Mon Feb 8 12:17:04 UTC 2021

On 08/02/2021 13:45, Vladimir Oltean wrote:
> On Mon, Feb 08, 2021 at 01:37:03PM +0200, Nikolay Aleksandrov wrote:
>> Hi Vladimir,
>> I think this patch potentially breaks some use cases. There are a few problems, I'll
>> start with the more serious one: before the ports would have a set of flags that were
>> always set when joining, now due to how nbp_flags_change() handles flag setting some might
>> not be set which would immediately change behaviour w.r.t software fwding. I'll use your
>> example of BR_BCAST_FLOOD: a lot of drivers will return an error for it and any broadcast
>> towards these ports will be dropped, we have mixed environments with software ports that
>> sometimes have traffic (e.g. decapped ARP requests) software forwarded which will stop working.
> Yes, you're right. The only solution I can think of is to add a "bool ignore_errors"
> to nbp_flags_change, set to true from new_nbp and del_nbp, and to false from the
> netlink code.

Indeed, I can't think of any better solution right now, but that would make it more or less
equal to the current situation where the flags are just set. You can read/restore them on add/del
of bridge port, but I guess that's what you'd like to avoid. :)
I don't mind adding the add/del_nbp() notifications, but both of them seem redundant with
the port add/del notifications which you can handle in the driver.

>> The other lesser issue is with the style below, I mean these three calls for each flag are
>> just ugly and look weird as you've also noted, since these APIs are internal can we do better?
> Doing better would mean allowing nbp_flags_change() to have a bit mask with
> potentially more brport flags set, and to call br_switchdev_set_port_flag in
> a for_each_set_bit() loop?

Sure, that sounds better for now. I think you've described the ideal case in your
commit message.

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