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SubjectRe: [PATCH 0/3] macvlan: add vepa and bridge mode
On Tue, 17 Nov 2009 22:39:07 +0000
Arnd Bergmann <arnd@arndb.de> wrote:
> This is based on an earlier patch from Eric Biederman adding
> forwarding between macvlans. I extended his approach to
> allow the administrator to choose the mode for each macvlan,
> and to implement a functional VEPA between macvlan.
>
> Still missing from this is support for communication between
> the lower device that the macvlans are based on. This would
> be extremely useful but as others have found out before me
> requires significant changes not only to macvlan but also
> to the common transmit path.

If this means that the "children" macvlans can't communicate with their
"parent" interface as though they were all attached to the same virtual
ethernet segment, I think that is a reasonable limitation. On other
networking equipment I've used, the moment "sub-interfaces"
are created, their parent interface can't be used for any
communications, only for setting link related parameters e.g. for
ethernet interfaces, speed and duplex etc.

>
> I've seen one panic during testing this that I still need
> to track down, but it generally does what is advertised.
> I've tested VEPA operation with the hairpin support
> added to the bridge driver by Anna Fischer.
>
> My current plan is to submit this for inclusion in 2.6.33
> when people are happy with it and I tracked down any
> remaining bugs, and possibly to do the communication with
> the lower device one release later.
>
> Arnd <><
>
> ---
>
> Arnd Bergmann (3):
> macvlan: implement VEPA and private mode
> macvlan: export macvlan mode through netlink
> iplink: add macvlan options for bridge mode
>
> Eric Biederman (1):
> macvlan: Reflect macvlan packets meant for other macvlan devices
>
> linux/drivers/net/macvlan.c | 170 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++-----
> linux/include/linux/if_link.h | 15 +++
> 2 files changed, 161 insertions(+), 24 deletions(-)
>
> iproute2/include/linux/if_link.h | 15 +++
> iproute2/ip/Makefile | 3 +-
> iproute2/ip/iplink_macvlan.c | 93 ++++++++++++++++++
> 3 files changed, 110 insertions(+), 1 deletions(-)
> create mode 100644 ip/iplink_macvlan.c
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