Patchwork [2/8] net: Add frag_list support to GSO

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Submitter Herbert Xu
Date Dec. 12, 2008, 5:31 a.m.
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Permalink /patch/13660/
State Superseded
Delegated to: David Miller
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Herbert Xu - Dec. 12, 2008, 5:31 a.m.
net: Add frag_list support to GSO

This patch allows GSO to handle frag_list in a limited way for the
purposes of allowing packets merged by GRO to be refragmented on

Most hardware won't (and aren't expected to) support handling GRO
frag_list packets directly.  Therefore we will perform GSO in
software for those cases.

However, for drivers that can support it (such as virtual NICs) we
may not have to segment the packets at all.

Whether the added overhead of GRO/GSO is worthwhile for bridges
and routers when weighed against the benefit of potentially
increasing the MTU within the host is still an open question.
However, for the case of host nodes this is undoubtedly a win.

Signed-off-by: Herbert Xu <>

 include/linux/netdevice.h |    2 ++
 net/core/dev.c            |    2 --
 2 files changed, 2 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

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diff --git a/include/linux/netdevice.h b/include/linux/netdevice.h
index 9d77b1d..8bf9127 100644
--- a/include/linux/netdevice.h
+++ b/include/linux/netdevice.h
@@ -1724,6 +1724,8 @@  static inline int netif_needs_gso(struct net_device *dev, struct sk_buff *skb)
 	return skb_is_gso(skb) &&
 	       (!skb_gso_ok(skb, dev->features) ||
+	        (skb_shinfo(skb)->frag_list &&
+	         !(dev->features & NETIF_F_FRAGLIST)) ||
 		unlikely(skb->ip_summed != CHECKSUM_PARTIAL));
diff --git a/net/core/dev.c b/net/core/dev.c
index 9174c77..4388e27 100644
--- a/net/core/dev.c
+++ b/net/core/dev.c
@@ -1527,8 +1527,6 @@  struct sk_buff *skb_gso_segment(struct sk_buff *skb, int features)
 	__be16 type = skb->protocol;
 	int err;
-	BUG_ON(skb_shinfo(skb)->frag_list);
 	skb->mac_len = skb->network_header - skb->mac_header;
 	__skb_pull(skb, skb->mac_len);