[ovs-discuss] openvswitch as openflow switch

Ben Pfaff blp at nicira.com
Wed Nov 24 20:10:39 UTC 2010

On Wed, Nov 24, 2010 at 07:26:50PM +0000, Haris Rotsos wrote:
> I have a question related to openvswitch and it's functionality as an
> openflow switch. I am currently setting up the switch as follows:
> insmod openvswitch/datapath/linux-2.6/openvswitch_mod.ko
> insmod openvswitch/datapath/linux-2.6/brcompat_mod.ko
> #Start ovsdb server. The configuration is the default created through
> ovsdb-create
> sudo ovsdb-server openvswitch/ovsdb.conf
> #initialize db and create bridge
> sudo ovs-vsctl init
> sudo ovs-vsctl add-br br0
> ifconfig br0 netmask
> sudo ovs-vsctl add-port br0 eth0
> sudo ovs-vsctl add-port br0 eth1
> sudo ovs-vsctl set-controller br0 tcp: #I am using nox
> as a controller
> I also have a device attached on eth1 which has ip As
> long as the switch doesn't have an openflow controller setted up, I am
> able to connect to the computer hosting the switch (e.g. pinging and
> sshing works). After I setup the controller ip, the host
> becomes unreachable. The problem in the beginning was that the switch
> didn't reply to arp request, but even if I manually insert the mac
> address of br0, the host remained unreachable. Is there a way in a
> setup like the one mentioned to be able to push packets up the network
> stack to the system hosting the switch?

Do you have an IP address configured (e.g. with ifconfig) on eth0 or
eth1?  You should not.

It sounds like the controller isn't setting up flows.  Have you tried
using ovs-controller, to eliminate that possibility?

Since the controller is local, then it would be better to use a Unix
domain socket (unix:) to connect to it.

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