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SubjectRe: [PATCH net-next] tcp: export drops counter to /proc/net/tcp{,6}
On Fri, 2017-08-18 at 03:21 -0700, Stéphan Gorget wrote:
> Those counters are exported for raw and udp but not for tcp, though they
> are incremented.
> An example where it is useful is chasing listen overflow. Listen overflow
> are counted as a global counter in LINUX_MIB_LISTENOVERFLOWS accessible
> in /proc/net/netstat but there is no way to find related drops in the
> information exported for tcp. With this patch it will make possible to
> correlate growth of LINUX_MIB_LISTENOVERFLOWS with growth of drops for
> a tcp socket.

Hi Stéphan.

Eons ago, the decision was taken to declare /proc interface frozen.

In linux-4.7 I provided all the information you need using the modern
inet_diag interface, [1]

Simply use iproute2/ss tool to access this information in a very
efficient way (like filtering done in the kernel, instead having to
parse a gigantic /proc output)

lpaa5:~# ss -tm state listening src :22
Recv-Q Send-Q Local Address:Port Peer Address:Port
0 128 *:ssh *:*
0 128 :::ssh :::*

You can see here that the IPv4 listener for ssh had 7 drops.


[1] list of relevant commits.

commit 9caad864151e525929d323de96cad382da49c3b2
Author: Eric Dumazet <>
Date: Fri Apr 1 08:52:20 2016 -0700

tcp: increment sk_drops for listeners

Goal: packets dropped by a listener are accounted for.

This adds tcp_listendrop() helper, and clears sk_drops in sk_clone_lock()
so that children do not inherit their parent drop count.

Note that we no longer increment LINUX_MIB_LISTENDROPS counter when
sending a SYNCOOKIE, since the SYN packet generated a SYNACK.
We already have a separate LINUX_MIB_SYNCOOKIESSENT

Signed-off-by: Eric Dumazet <>
Signed-off-by: David S. Miller <>

commit 532182cd610782db8c18230c2747626562032205
Author: Eric Dumazet <>
Date: Fri Apr 1 08:52:19 2016 -0700

tcp: increment sk_drops for dropped rx packets

Now ss can report sk_drops, we can instruct TCP to increment
this per socket counter when it drops an incoming frame, to refine
monitoring and debugging.

Following patch takes care of listeners drops.

Signed-off-by: Eric Dumazet <>
Signed-off-by: David S. Miller <>

commit 15239302edd46b184e758048253541fb211e315e
Author: Eric Dumazet <>
Date: Fri Apr 1 08:52:18 2016 -0700

sock_diag: add SK_MEMINFO_DROPS

Reporting sk_drops to user space was available for UDP
sockets using /proc interface.

Add this to sock_diag, so that we can have the same information
available to ss users, and we'll be able to add sk_drops
indications for TCP sockets as well.

Signed-off-by: Eric Dumazet <>
Signed-off-by: David S. Miller <>

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