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Subject[PATCH net-next v7 00/17] ethtool netlink interface, part 1
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This is first part of netlink based alternative userspace interface for
ethtool. It aims to address some long known issues with the ioctl
interface, mainly lack of extensibility, raciness, limited error reporting
and absence of notifications. The goal is to allow userspace ethtool
utility to provide all features it currently does but without using the
ioctl interface. However, some features provided by ethtool ioctl API will
be available through other netlink interfaces (rtnetlink, devlink) if it's
more appropriate.

The interface uses generic netlink family "ethtool" and provides multicast
group "monitor" which is used for notifications. Documentation for the
interface is in Documentation/networking/ethtool-netlink.rst file. The
netlink interface is optional, it is built when CONFIG_ETHTOOL_NETLINK
(bool) option is enabled.

There are three types of request messages distinguished by suffix "_GET"
(query for information), "_SET" (modify parameters) and "_ACT" (perform an
action). Kernel reply messages have name with additional suffix "_REPLY"
(e.g. ETHTOOL_MSG_SETTINGS_GET_REPLY). Most "_SET" and "_ACT" message types
do not have matching reply type as only some of them need additional reply
data beyond numeric error code and extack. Kernel also broadcasts
notification messages ("_NTF" suffix) on changes.

Basic concepts:

- make extensions easier not only by allowing new attributes but also by
imposing as few artificial limits as possible, e.g. by using arbitrary
size bit sets for most bitmap attributes or by not using fixed size
strings
- use extack for error reporting and warnings
- send netlink notifications on changes (even if they were done using the
ioctl interface) and actions
- avoid the racy read/modify/write cycle between kernel and userspace by
sending only attributes which userspace wants to change; there is still
a read/modify/write cycle between generic kernel code and ethtool_ops
handler in NIC driver but it is only in kernel and under RTNL lock
- reduce the number of name lists that need to be kept in sync between
kernel and userspace (e.g. recognized link modes)
- where feasible, allow dump requests to query specific information for all
network devices
- as parsing and generating netlink messages is more complicated than
simply copying data structures between userspace API and ethtool_ops
handlers (which most ioctl commands do), split the code into multiple
files in net/ethtool directory; move net/core/ethtool.c also to this
directory and rename it to ioctl.c

The full (work in progress) series, together with the (userspace) ethtool
counterpart can be found at https://github.com/mkubecek/ethnl

Main changes between v6 and v7:

- split complex messages into small single purpose ones (drop info and
request masks and one level of nesting)
- separate request information and reply data into two structures
- refactor bitset handling (no simultaneous u32/ulong handling but avoid
kmalloc() except for long bitmaps on 64-bit big endian architectures)
- use only fixed size strings internally (will be replaced by char *
eventually but that will require rewriting also existing ioctl code)
- rework ethnl_update_* helpers to return error code
- rename request flag constants (to ETHTOOL_[GR]FLAG_ prefix)
- convert documentation to rst

Main changes between v5 and v6:

- use ETHTOOL_MSG_ prefix for message types
- replace ETHA_ prefix for netlink attributes by ETHTOOL_A_
- replace ETH_x_IM_y for infomask bits by ETHTOOL_IM_x_y
- split GET reply types from SET requests and notifications
- split kernel and userspace message types into different enums
- remove INFO_GET requests from submitted part
- drop EVENT notifications (use rtnetlink and on-demand string set load)
- reorganize patches to reduce the number of intermitent warnings
- unify request/reply header and its processing
- another nest around strings in a string set for consistency
- more consistent identifier naming
- coding style cleanup
- get rid of some of the helpers
- set bad attribute in extack where applicable
- various bug fixes
- improve documentation and code comments, more kerneldoc comments
- more verbose commit messages

Changes between v4 and v5:

- do not panic on failed initialization, only WARN()

Main changes between RFC v3 and v4:

- use more kerneldoc style comments
- strict attribute policy checking
- use macros for tables of link mode names and parameters
- provide permanent hardware address in rtnetlink
- coding style cleanup
- split too long patches, reorder
- wrap more ETHA_SETTINGS_* attributes in nests
- add also some SET_* implementation into submitted part

Main changes between RFC v2 and RFC v3:

- do not allow building as a module (no netdev notifiers needed)
- drop some obsolete fields
- add permanent hw address, timestamping and private flags support
- rework bitset handling to get rid of variable length arrays
- notify monitor on device renames
- restructure GET_SETTINGS/SET_SETTINGS messages
- split too long patches and submit only first part of the series

Main changes between RFC v1 and RFC v2:

- support dumps for all "get" requests
- provide notifications for changes related to supported request types
- support getting string sets (both global and per device)
- support getting/setting device features
- get rid of family specific header, everything passed as attributes
- split netlink code into multiple files in net/ethtool/ directory


Michal Kubecek (17):
rtnetlink: provide permanent hardware address in RTM_NEWLINK
netlink: rename nl80211_validate_nested() to nla_validate_nested()
ethtool: move to its own directory
ethtool: introduce ethtool netlink interface
ethtool: helper functions for netlink interface
ethtool: netlink bitset handling
ethtool: support for netlink notifications
ethtool: move string arrays into common file
ethtool: generic handlers for GET requests
ethtool: provide string sets with STRSET_GET request
ethtool: provide link mode names as a string set
ethtool: provide link settings with LINKINFO_GET request
ethtool: add standard notification handler
ethtool: set link settings with LINKINFO_SET request
ethtool: provide link mode information with LINKMODES_GET request
ethtool: set link modes related data with LINKMODES_SET request
ethtool: provide link state with LINKSTATE_GET request

Documentation/networking/ethtool-netlink.rst | 510 ++++++++++++
include/linux/ethtool.h | 4 +
include/linux/ethtool_netlink.h | 17 +
include/linux/netdevice.h | 9 +
include/net/netlink.h | 8 +-
include/uapi/linux/ethtool.h | 4 +
include/uapi/linux/ethtool_netlink.h | 215 +++++
include/uapi/linux/if_link.h | 1 +
net/Kconfig | 8 +
net/Makefile | 2 +-
net/core/Makefile | 2 +-
net/core/rtnetlink.c | 5 +
net/ethtool/Makefile | 8 +
net/ethtool/bitset.c | 714 +++++++++++++++++
net/ethtool/bitset.h | 28 +
net/ethtool/common.c | 141 ++++
net/ethtool/common.h | 24 +
net/{core/ethtool.c => ethtool/ioctl.c} | 156 +---
net/ethtool/linkinfo.c | 180 +++++
net/ethtool/linkmodes.c | 406 ++++++++++
net/ethtool/linkstate.c | 77 ++
net/ethtool/netlink.c | 789 +++++++++++++++++++
net/ethtool/netlink.h | 358 +++++++++
net/ethtool/strset.c | 435 ++++++++++
net/wireless/nl80211.c | 3 +-
25 files changed, 3960 insertions(+), 144 deletions(-)
create mode 100644 Documentation/networking/ethtool-netlink.rst
create mode 100644 include/linux/ethtool_netlink.h
create mode 100644 include/uapi/linux/ethtool_netlink.h
create mode 100644 net/ethtool/Makefile
create mode 100644 net/ethtool/bitset.c
create mode 100644 net/ethtool/bitset.h
create mode 100644 net/ethtool/common.c
create mode 100644 net/ethtool/common.h
rename net/{core/ethtool.c => ethtool/ioctl.c} (93%)
create mode 100644 net/ethtool/linkinfo.c
create mode 100644 net/ethtool/linkmodes.c
create mode 100644 net/ethtool/linkstate.c
create mode 100644 net/ethtool/netlink.c
create mode 100644 net/ethtool/netlink.h
create mode 100644 net/ethtool/strset.c

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2.23.0

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