[ovs-dev] [bugfixes 3/3] datapath: Dump flow actions only if there is room.

Ben Pfaff blp at nicira.com
Tue Feb 1 04:25:47 UTC 2011

On Mon, Jan 31, 2011 at 06:44:16PM -0800, Jesse Gross wrote:
> On Mon, Jan 31, 2011 at 4:48 PM, Ben Pfaff <blp at nicira.com> wrote:
> > Expanding an skbuff in a netlink dump handler doesn't work well. ?First,
> > we weren't updating the truesize of the skb or the allocation within the
> > socket that netlink_dump() had put the skb in. ?Even when I fixed that, I
> > still got mysterious crashes and reboots. ?I don't know why these happened.
> >
> > This commit fixes the problem (in my tests, anyway) by avoiding expanding
> > the reply skbuff to fill in the actions. ?Instead, in such a case the
> > userspace client has to do a separate "get" action to get the actions.
> > This commit also updates userspace to do this automatically for dumps in
> > the cases where the caller cares (only "ovs-dpctl dump-flows" currently
> > cares).
> >
> > Signed-off-by: Ben Pfaff <blp at nicira.com>
> This looks fine to me.  However, I think that I see the problem in the
> original code that is causing this error.

Gee, I was really dumb.  How did I miss that?

Would you prefer to fix the original problem or use this patch?  I can
see arguments both ways.  I have a feeling that this patch is more
upstream-able than the previous version.

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