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SubjectRe: [RFC] Configuring synchronous interfaces in Linux
On Sat, 2 Dec 2000 13:07:29 -0600 (CST), 
Jeff Garzik <> wrote:
>If yes, my guess is correct, I think the proper solution is to:
>* create a generic set_config, which does nothing but convert the calls'
>semantics into ethtool semantics, and
>* add ethtool support to the specific driver

cc list trimmed.

If you go down this path, please add a standard performance monitoring
method to query the current capacity of an interface. It is frustrating
to report "eth0 is handling 1 Megabyte/second, but we cannot tell if
that is 90% (10BaseT) or 9% (100BaseT) utilization". We should report
capacity rather than speed because speed alone is not the controlling
factor, other things like half or full duplex affect the capacity.

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