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SubjectRe: [PATCH] enhance usability of /proc/sys/net/ipv4/ip_local_reserved_ports
On 03/12/2012 04:42 AM, Cong Wang wrote:
> On Sun, 2012-03-11 at 00:36 +0100, Helge Deller wrote:
>> When writing to the ip_local_reserved_ports proc file it will currently clear
>> all previously reserved ports and update the current list with the one given
>> in the input.
>> This behaviour makes it's usage quite hard, for example:
>> a) The generic proc filesystem limitation of only handle up to PAGE_SIZE-1
>> characters at maximum may not be sufficient to provide all your wished-to-
>> be-reserved ports at once.
> Yes, this should be extended IMHO.

Yes, known problem and not easy to fix.

>> b) There is no easy way to disable specific given ports, you always need to
>> give the full port list at once. This makes shell scripting hard, since
>> you need to parse everything yourself.
>> c) There is no easy way to just add specific ports or port ranges. Again,
>> this would be useful for shell scripts.
> These could be calculated in user-space, although it maybe not as easy
> as you want.


>> The following patch solves this problem by simply extending the parser
>> in proc_do_large_bitmap() to accept the keywords "add" and "release" in front
>> of given ports or port ranges and to either add or drop the given ports
>> from the already existing list.
> This looks a little odd, because we do "magic" things with a sysctl
> file, which is supposed to be plain text file. Do we have existing
> examples?

I don't think the networking sysctl has such tunables.
Overall, ip_local_reserved_ports is the only user of the
large_bitmap function and as such you can't compare the
input/output of this file with other sysctl files which
operate on a limited number of integers/booleans/strings only.
Furthermore my patch does not remove the "plain text"
behaviour of this file. You can still echo plain ports or
port lists into it and a "cat" gives you the same output
as before. It just extends the interface to add/remove
ports more easily if you want.

One somewhat comparable proc file which comes to my mind in this
regard is /proc/scsi/scsi where you can echo commands like
"scsi report-devs 1" and which then reacts. A user of this
interface is e.g. the known rescan-scsi-bus shell script:

> BTW, as David mentioned, please Cc netdev next time.

Sure. I'll send an updated patch tomorrow and will CC netdev.


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