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SubjectRe: [PATCH net-next v5 07/22] ethtool: netlink bitset handling
On Wed, Mar 27, 2019 at 10:57:49AM +0100, Jiri Pirko wrote:
> Tue, Mar 26, 2019 at 06:59:32PM CET, mkubecek@suse.cz wrote:
> >On Tue, Mar 26, 2019 at 04:59:11PM +0100, Jiri Pirko wrote:
> >> Mon, Mar 25, 2019 at 06:08:15PM CET, mkubecek@suse.cz wrote:
> >> >Declare attribute type constants and add helper functions to generate and
> >> >parse arbitrary length bit sets.
> >>
> >> Hmm, this looks like a lot of work. Two things:
> >> 1) This is generic. Not really related to ethtool in any way. Could this
> >> be done in netlink common code?
> >
> >I suppose it could if other netlink based APIs would be interested in
> >using it. The only ethtool specific part is the support for "legacy
> >style names" (fixed size strings) but that is something I'm not really
> >happy about. Perhaps it's time to return to the original idea of
> >supporting only arrays of (char *) and creating them around existing
> >fixed size ones.
>
> Wait, could you please describe this more?

At the moment, there are two formats of bit name tables. Legacy format
which is used by ioctl string sets, e.g.

const char netdev_features_strings[NETDEV_FEATURE_COUNT][ETH_GSTRING_LEN] = {
...
};

(the same is provided by NIC drivers with ethtool_ops::get_strings())
and simple format used for newly added string sets, e.g.

const char *const link_mode_names[] = {
...
};

If the bitset implementation is to be used by other APIs, legacy format
support would make little sense so I would suggest to drop legacy format
support from bitset code and build a (const char **) "index" for ethtool
legacy string arrays before passing it to bitset related functions.

Michal

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