[Bridge] [PATCH net-next] bridge: Propagate NETDEV_NOTIFY_PEERS notifier

Hangbin Liu liuhangbin at gmail.com
Tue Jan 26 13:25:26 UTC 2021

On Tue, Jan 26, 2021 at 09:40:13AM +0200, Nikolay Aleksandrov wrote:
> On 26/01/2021 06:09, Hangbin Liu wrote:
> > After adding bridge as upper layer of bond/team, we usually clean up the
> > IP address on bond/team and set it on bridge. When there is a failover,
> > bond/team will not send gratuitous ARP since it has no IP address.
> > Then the down layer(e.g. VM tap dev) of bridge will not able to receive
> > this notification.
> > 
> > Make bridge to be able to handle NETDEV_NOTIFY_PEERS notifier.
> > 
> > Signed-off-by: Hangbin Liu <liuhangbin at gmail.com>
> > ---
> >  net/bridge/br.c | 1 +
> >  1 file changed, 1 insertion(+)
> > 
> > diff --git a/net/bridge/br.c b/net/bridge/br.c
> > index ef743f94254d..b6a0921bb498 100644
> > --- a/net/bridge/br.c
> > +++ b/net/bridge/br.c
> > @@ -125,6 +125,7 @@ static int br_device_event(struct notifier_block *unused, unsigned long event, v
> >  		/* Forbid underlying device to change its type. */
> >  		return NOTIFY_BAD;
> >  
> >  		/* Propagate to master device */
> >  		call_netdevice_notifiers(event, br->dev);
> > 
> I'm not convinced this should be done by the bridge, setups usually have multiple ports
> which may have link change events and these events are unrelated, i.e. we shouldn't generate
> a gratuitous arp for all every time, there might be many different devices present. We have
> setups with hundreds of ports which are mixed types of devices.
> That seems inefficient, redundant and can potentially cause problems.

Hi Nikolay,

Thanks for the reply. There are a few reasons I think the bridge should

1. Only a few devices will call NETDEV_NOTIFY_PEERS notifier: bond, team,
   virtio, xen, 6lowpan. There should have no much notification message.
2. When set bond/team's upper layer to bridge. The bridge's mac will be the
   same with bond/team. So when the bond/team's mac changed, the bridge's mac
   will also change. So bridge should send a GARP to notify other's that it's
   mac has changed.
3. There already has NETDEV_RESEND_IGMP handling in bridge, which is also
   generated by bond/team and netdev_notify_peers(). So why there is IGMP
   but no ARP?
4. If bridge doesn't have IP address, it will omit GARP sending. So having
   or not having IP address on bridge doesn't matters.
4. I don't see why how many ports affect the bridge sending GARP.

Please correct me if I missed something.

> Also it seems this was proposed few years back: https://lkml.org/lkml/2018/1/6/135

Thanks for this link, cc Stephen for this discuss.


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