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SubjectRe: [PATCH] team: set IFF_SLAVE on team ports

On 10/02/18 07:12, Jiri Pirko wrote:
> Mon, Oct 01, 2018 at 04:06:16PM CEST, wrote:
>> On 09/30/18 05:34, Jiri Pirko wrote:
>>> Sun, Sep 30, 2018 at 11:38:05AM CEST, wrote:
>>>> On Sun, 30 Sep 2018 09:14:14 +0200
>>>> Jiri Pirko <> wrote:
>>>>> Thu, Sep 27, 2018 at 04:04:26PM CEST, wrote:
>>>>>> On 07/10/15 02:41, Jiri Pirko wrote:
>>>>>>> Thu, Jul 09, 2015 at 05:36:55PM CEST, wrote:
>>>>>>>> On Thu, Jul 9, 2015 at 12:07 PM, Jiri Pirko <> wrote:
>>>>>>>>> Thu, Jul 09, 2015 at 11:58:34AM CEST, wrote:
>>>>>>>>>> The code in net/ipv6/addrconf.c:addrconf_notify() tests for IFF_SLAVE to
>>>>>>>>>> decide if it should start the address configuration. Since team ports
>>>>>>>>>> shouldn't get link-local addresses assigned lets set IFF_SLAVE when linking
>>>>>>>>>> a port to the team master.
>>>>>>>>> I don't want to use IFF_SLAVE in team. Other master-slave devices are
>>>>>>>>> not using that as well, for example bridge, ovs, etc.
>>>>>>>> Maybe they need to get fixed too. I've used that flag because it is
>>>>>>>> documented as
>>>>>>>> a "slave of a load balancer" which describes what a team port is.
>>>>>>>>> I think that this should be fixed in addrconf_notify. It should lookup
>>>>>>>>> if there is a master on top and bail out in that case.
>>>>>>>> There are other virtual interfaces that have a master assigned and want to
>>>>>>>> participate in IPv6 address configuration.
>>>>>>> Can you give me an example?
>>>>>> I would like to revisit this patch (yes, I know it has been a while). I
>>>>>> believe the VRF implementation uses master to group the interfaces under
>>>>>> a single interface.
>>>>>> I don't see a reason not to use IFF_SLAVE since team and bonding are fairly
>>>>>> similar.
>>>>> Again, why do you need team port to have IFF_SLAVE flag? What do you
>>>>> want to achieve
>>>> Without setting this flag IPv6 will try and make a link specific address.
> You are talking about addrconf_notify() right? Easy to fix to check
> something more convenient. Like netif_is_lag_port() if you want to avoid
> it for bond/team. netif_is_ovs_port(), netif_is_bridge_port() etc. Lot's
> of helpers to cover this.

OK, IPv6 should probably be using this.

>>> Why is it not an issue with bridge, ovs, and other master-slave devices?
>> It very well might be an issue for bridge and ovs. Other master-slave
>> devices include the existing VRF implementation in the kernel and those slave
>> interfaces will certainly want to use IPv6.
>> However, IFF_SLAVE has a specific meaning:
>> ./include/uapi/linux/if.h: * @IFF_SLAVE: slave of a load balancer. Volatile.
> I know that some userspace apps are using this flag to determine a
> "bonding slave". I don't think that they care much about eql...
>> The bonding driver is not the only user:
>> ./drivers/net/eql.c:#define eql_is_slave(dev) ((dev->flags & IFF_SLAVE) ==
>> ./drivers/net/eql.c: slave->dev->flags &= ~IFF_SLAVE;
>> ./drivers/net/eql.c: slave->dev->flags |= IFF_SLAVE;
>> The team driver would like to use this same flag since it is a load balancer
>> as well. The side effect of not assigning IPv6 is a bonus. The fact that
> No, please leave IFF_SLAVE as it is. Both kernel and userspace have
> their clear indications right now about the master/slave relationships.

The team driver does create a master/slave relationship. The team
slaves are literally slaves of the master device. It's not clear to me
why you we can't mark the slaves of the team master as actually being
slave interfaces?

>> bridges and ovs are also likely broken is a different issue. Should there be
>> a another flag that says "layer 2 only"? Very possibly, but that is
>> something all these interfaces should be using to include bonding, team, eql,
>> obs, bridge etc. That's not a reasonable objection to labeling the team
>> slave as slaves since they are literally slaves of a load balancer.

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