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SubjectRe: [PATCH 3/6] vsock: add netdev to vhost/virtio vsock
On Tue, 16 Aug 2022 12:38:52 -0400 Michael S. Tsirkin wrote:
> On Mon, Aug 15, 2022 at 10:56:06AM -0700, Bobby Eshleman wrote:
> > In order to support usage of qdisc on vsock traffic, this commit
> > introduces a struct net_device to vhost and virtio vsock.
> >
> > Two new devices are created, vhost-vsock for vhost and virtio-vsock
> > for virtio. The devices are attached to the respective transports.
> >
> > To bypass the usage of the device, the user may "down" the associated
> > network interface using common tools. For example, "ip link set dev
> > virtio-vsock down" lets vsock bypass the net_device and qdisc entirely,
> > simply using the FIFO logic of the prior implementation.
>
> Ugh. That's quite a hack. Mark my words, at some point we will decide to
> have down mean "down". Besides, multiple net devices with link up tend
> to confuse userspace. So might want to keep it down at all times
> even short term.

Agreed!

From a cursory look (and Documentation/ would be nice..) it feels
very wrong to me. Do you know of any uses of a netdev which would
be semantically similar to what you're doing? Treating netdevs as
buildings blocks for arbitrary message passing solutions is something
I dislike quite strongly.

Could you recommend where I can learn more about vsocks?

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