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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2 net-next 02/11] net: bridge: offload all port flags at once in br_setport
On Tue, Feb 09, 2021 at 08:27:24PM +0200, Vladimir Oltean wrote:
> But there's an interesting side effect of allowing
> br_switchdev_set_port_flag to run concurrently (notifier call chains use
> a rw_semaphore and only take the read side). Basically now drivers that
> cache the brport flags in their entirety are broken, because there isn't
> any guarantee that bits outside the mask are valid any longer (we can
> even enforce that by masking the flags with the mask when notifying
> them). They would need to do the same trick of updating just the masked
> part of their cached flags. Except for the fact that they would need
> some sort of spinlock too, I don't think that the basic bitwise
> operations are atomic or anything like that. I'm a bit reluctant to add
> a spinlock in prestera, rocker, mlxsw just for this purpose. What do you
> think?

My take on things is that I can change those drivers to do what ocelot
and sja1105 do, which is to just have some bool values like this:

if (flags.mask & BR_LEARNING)
ocelot_port->learn_ena = !!(flags.val & BR_LEARNING);

which eliminates concurrency to the shared unsigned long brport_flags
variable. No locking, no complications.

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