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SubjectRe: [PATCH v3 1/2] net: core: Notify on changes to dev->promiscuity.
The 08/29/2019 14:55, Ivan Vecera wrote:
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> On Thu, 29 Aug 2019 14:44:14 +0200
> Horatiu Vultur <> wrote:
> > When a port is added to a bridge, then the port gets in promisc mode.
> > But in our case the HW has bridge capabilities so it is not required
> > to set the port in promisc mode.
> > But if someone else requires the port to be in promisc mode (tcpdump
> > or any other application) then I would like to set the port in promisc
> > mode.
> > In previous emails Andrew came with the suggestion to look at
> > dev->promiscuity and check if the port is a bridge port. Using this
> > information I could see when to add the port in promisc mode. He also
> > suggested to add a new switchdev call(maybe I missunderstood him, or I
> > have done it at the wrong place) in case there are no callbacks in the
> > driver to get this information.
Hi Ivan,

> I would use the 1st suggestion.
> for/in your driver:
> if (dev->promiscuity > 0) {
> if (dev->promiscuity == 1 && netif_is_bridge_port(dev)) {
> /* no need to set promisc mode because promiscuity
> * was requested by bridge
> */
> ...
> } else {
> /* need to set promisc mode as someone else requested
> * promiscuity
> */
> }
> }

Yes that was my first try. It worked for many cases but there was one
which it didn't work.
If first add the port to the bridge, then you get callbacks and
notifications in the driver where you can use the code that you
suggested. But if next you enable promisc mode on the port (ip link set
dev eth0 promisc on), then the driver will not get any callbacks or
notifications. Therefore it could not see the new value of
dev->promiscuity to update the HW.
The code that updates the promisc mode it would not notify in case
the promiscuity is changed and because the port has already the flag
IFF_PROMISC it would not notify any listeners because the flags are not
Here [1] is the code that I refer to.


> Thanks,
> Ivan


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