On Mon, 9 Apr 2018 15:30:42 -0700
Siwei Liu <losewe...@gmail.com> wrote:
> On Mon, Apr 9, 2018 at 3:15 PM, Andrew Lunn <and...@lunn.ch> wrote:
> >> No, implementation wise I'd avoid changing the class on the fly. What
> >> I'm looking to is a means to add a secondary class or class aliasing
> >> mechanism for netdevs that allows mapping for a kernel device
> >> namespace (/class/net-kernel) to userspace (/class/net). Imagine
> >> creating symlinks between these two namespaces as an analogy. All
> >> userspace visible netdevs today will have both a kernel name and a
> >> userspace visible name, having one (/class/net) referecing the other
> >> (/class/net-kernel) in its own namespace. The newly introduced
> >> IFF_AUTO_MANAGED device will have a kernel name only
> >> (/class/net-kernel). As a result, the existing applications using
> >> /class/net don't break, while we're adding the kernel namespace that
> >> allows IFF_AUTO_MANAGED devices which will not be exposed to userspace
> >> at all.
> > My gut feeling is this whole scheme will not fly. You really should be
> > talking to GregKH.
> Will do. Before spreading it out loudly I'd run it within netdev to
> clarify the need for why not exposing the lower netdevs is critical
> for cloud service providers in the face of introducing a new feature,
> and we are not hiding anything but exposing it in a way that don't
> break existing userspace applications while introducing feature is
> possible with the limitation of keeping old userspace still.
> > Anyway, please remember that IFF_AUTO_MANAGED will need to be dynamic.
> > A device can start out as a normal device, and will change to being
> > automatic later, when the user on top of it probes.
> Sure. In whatever form it's still a netdev, and changing the namespace
> should be more dynamic than changing the class.
> Thanks a lot,
> > Andrew
Also, remember for netdev's /sys is really a third class API.
The primary API's are netlink and ioctl. Also why not use existing
network namespaces rather than inventing a new abstraction?
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