Jeff Garzik wrote:
Amir Noam wrote:
The new SIOCBONDING ioctl handles commands aimed for the bonding
module (and not to any specific bonding interface). This is done via
an ioctl hook that captures these commands at the socket level (before
dev_ioctl()) and passes it to the bonding code. Such commands do not
require opening a bonding interface at all, just a valid socket to
send the ioctl.
Right. And this last requirement is spurious. The operation is
essentially "open a socket unrelated to X, to perform actions on X".
bonding (and it sounds like VLAN too) needs a specific, well-known
control point, for controlling module-level data such as the creation
and deletion of interfaces.
One such well-known control point would be a /dev node. Jamal's
suggestion is also an excellent one: let userspace use netlink to
communicate with a well known "address" inside the kernel, which would
work as the central (and thus bonding-module-wide) bonding control
I was trying to follow the example of several other network modules
(e.g. vlan, dlci, bridge) that use a socket level ioctl hook to handle
such deviceless commands.
Do you think that a char device is preferrable, given that other
similar modules use a socket ioctl hook?
If vlan/dlci/bridge has similar requirements to described above ("open
socket unrelated to X, to perform actions on X") then they need to be
fixed up too.
Opening a random socket to use an ioctl(2) to produce some magic
behavior is just ugly, and we need to avoid that. Maybe bgreear would
be open to updating VLAN's interface to netlink at the same time, for
Actually, I am not a fan of netlink for normal configuration, and would
prefer to keep the VLAN control through IOCTL calls. This is mainly
because I have not had an easy time of figuring out a simple way to
use netlink, while ioctls are very easy to use.
If someone wants to update vlan and vconfig to use netlink, then
maybe we could add that API as well, but definately we should not
remove the IOCTL calls untill at least 2.7.
I would also be open to moving the VLAN ioctls over into the
ethtool ioctl space, but that just exchanges one magic ioctl for
Ben Greear <greearb@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Candela Technologies Inc http://www.candelatech.com