[PATCH 1/3] ethtool: Support ETHTOOL_GSTATS2 command.

Ben Greear greearb at candelatech.com
Mon Apr 23 08:41:04 PDT 2018

On 04/22/2018 02:15 PM, Roopa Prabhu wrote:
> On Sun, Apr 22, 2018 at 11:54 AM, David Miller <davem at davemloft.net> wrote:
>> From: Johannes Berg <johannes at sipsolutions.net>
>> Date: Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:26:57 +0200
>>> On Thu, 2018-04-19 at 08:25 -0700, Ben Greear wrote:
>>>> Maybe this could be in followup patches?  It's going to touch a lot of files,
>>>> and might be hell to get merged all at once, and I've never used spatch, so
>>>> just maybe someone else will volunteer that part :)
>>> I guess you'll have to ask davem. :)
>> Well, first of all, I really don't like this.
>> The first reason is that every time I see interface foo become foo2,
>> foo3 is never far behind it.
>> If foo was not extensible enough such that we needed foo2, we beter
>> design the new thing with explicitly better extensibility in mind.
>> Furthermore, what you want here is a specific filter.  Someone else
>> will want to filter on another criteria, and the next person will
>> want yet another.
>> This needs to be properly generalized.
>> And frankly if we had moved to ethtool netlink/devlink by now, we
>> could just add a netlink attribute for filtering and not even be
>> having this conversation.
> +1.
> Also, the RTM_GETSTATS api was added to improve stats query efficiency
> (with filters).
>  we should look at it  to see if this fits there. Keeping all stats
> queries in one place will help.

I like the ethtool API, so I'll be sticking with that for now.


Ben Greear <greearb at candelatech.com>
Candela Technologies Inc  http://www.candelatech.com

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