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Message ID 20090208.193430.237334266.davem@davemloft.net
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David Miller Feb. 9, 2009, 3:34 a.m.
From: David Miller <davem@davemloft.net>
Date: Sat, 07 Feb 2009 00:10:41 -0800 (PST)

> From: Frank Blaschka <blaschka@linux.vnet.ibm.com>
> Date: Fri, 06 Feb 2009 13:02:13 +0100
> > Absolutely yes, this would help the s/390 qeth drivers too
> Well, I did some research and it seems all of the cases we could
> actually solve with such a scheme need at a maximum 32 bytes.
> We already ensure 16 bytes, via NET_SKB_PAD.
> So instead of all of this complex "who has the largest TX header size
> and what is it" code, we can simply increase NET_SKB_PAD to 32.
> You still need that headroom check there, simply because tunneling and
> other device stacking situations can cause the headroom to be depleted
> before your device sees the packet.
> Any objections? :-)

Nobody objected, at least for now, so I commited this change,
as follows:

net: Increase default NET_SKB_PAD to 32.

Several devices need to insert some "pre headers" in front of the
main packet data when they transmit a packet.

Currently we allocate only 16 bytes of pad room and this ends up not
being enough for some types of hardware (NIU, usb-net, s390 qeth,

So increase this to 32.

Note that drivers still need to check in their transmit routine
whether enough headroom exists, and if not use skb_realloc_headroom().
Tunneling, IPSEC, and other encapsulation methods can cause the
padding area to be used up.

Signed-off-by: David S. Miller <davem@davemloft.net>
 include/linux/skbuff.h |    6 +++---
 1 files changed, 3 insertions(+), 3 deletions(-)


diff --git a/include/linux/skbuff.h b/include/linux/skbuff.h
index 08670d0..5eba400 100644
--- a/include/linux/skbuff.h
+++ b/include/linux/skbuff.h
@@ -1287,7 +1287,7 @@  static inline int skb_network_offset(const struct sk_buff *skb)
  * The networking layer reserves some headroom in skb data (via
  * dev_alloc_skb). This is used to avoid having to reallocate skb data when
  * the header has to grow. In the default case, if the header has to grow
- * 16 bytes or less we avoid the reallocation.
+ * 32 bytes or less we avoid the reallocation.
  * Unfortunately this headroom changes the DMA alignment of the resulting
  * network packet. As for NET_IP_ALIGN, this unaligned DMA is expensive
@@ -1295,11 +1295,11 @@  static inline int skb_network_offset(const struct sk_buff *skb)
  * perhaps setting it to a cacheline in size (since that will maintain
  * cacheline alignment of the DMA). It must be a power of 2.
- * Various parts of the networking layer expect at least 16 bytes of
+ * Various parts of the networking layer expect at least 32 bytes of
  * headroom, you should not reduce this.
 #ifndef NET_SKB_PAD
-#define NET_SKB_PAD	16
+#define NET_SKB_PAD	32
 extern int ___pskb_trim(struct sk_buff *skb, unsigned int len);