Re: [RFC Patch 2/3] bridge: make bridge support netpoll

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On Tue, 2010-03-23 at 12:39 +0800, Cong Wang wrote:
> Matt Mackall wrote:
> > On Tue, 2010-03-23 at 10:03 +0800, Cong Wang wrote:
> >> Matt Mackall wrote:
> >>> On Mon, 2010-03-22 at 04:17 -0400, Amerigo Wang wrote:
> >>>> Based on the previous patch, make bridge support netpoll by:
> >>>>
> >>>> 1) implement the 4 methods to support netpoll for bridge;
> >>>>
> >>>> 2) modify netpoll during forwarding packets in bridge;
> >>>>
> >>>> 3) disable netpoll support of bridge when a netpoll-unabled device
> >>>>    is added to bridge;
> >>> Not sure if this is the right thing to do. Shouldn't we simply enable
> >>> polling on all devices that support it and warn about the others (aka
> >>> best effort)?
> >>>
> >> I don't think it's a good idea, because we check if a device
> >> supports netpoll by checking if it has ndo_poll_controller method.
> > 
> > Uh, what? If we have 5 devices on a bridge and 4 support netpoll, then
> > shouldn't we just send netconsole messages to those 4 devices? Isn't
> > this much better than simply refusing to work?
> > 
> 
> How could you let the bridge know netpoll is not sent to
> the one that doesn't support netpoll during setup? This will
> be complex, I am afraid.

I thought I saw a simple loop over bridge devices at poll time in your
patch. So it should be a simple matter of skipping unsupported devices
in that loop.

But Dave thinks there a bigger problems here, so I recommend first
figuring out the architecture issues, then we can get back to the policy
issues.

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