[OpenWrt-Devel] [PATCH v2] net: Allow class-e address assignment via ifconfig ioctl

Linus Walleij linus.walleij at linaro.org
Sun Feb 17 16:18:29 EST 2019

On Sun, Feb 17, 2019 at 7:22 PM Sasha Levin <sashal at kernel.org> wrote:
> On Thu, Feb 14, 2019 at 02:16:04PM +0100, Linus Walleij wrote:
> >From: Dave Taht <dave.taht at gmail.com>
> >
> >commit 65cab850f0eeaa9180bd2e10a231964f33743edf upstream.
> >
> >While most distributions long ago switched to the iproute2 suite
> >of utilities, which allow class-e ( address assignment,
> >distributions relying on busybox, toybox and other forms of
> >ifconfig cannot assign class-e addresses without this kernel patch.
> >
> >While CIDR has been obsolete for 2 decades, and a survey of all the
> >open source code in the world shows the IN_whatever macros are also
> >obsolete... rather than obsolete CIDR from this ioctl entirely, this
> >patch merely enables class-e assignment, sanely.
> >
> >Signed-off-by: Dave Taht <dave.taht at gmail.com>
> >Signed-off-by: David S. Miller <davem at davemloft.net>
> >Signed-off-by: Linus Walleij <linus.walleij at linaro.org>
> Is this really a fix? This isn't something that ever worked.

I guess it fits the bill of "a real bug that bothers people", what OpenWrt
wants is to use their simple userspace to set up class-e addresses
and without this patch, this doesn't work for them, and IIUC it could
be expected to work.

I guess it is an ontological question whether OpenWrt are "fixning"
or "stabilizing" or "adding features" by making class-e networks
work with good old ifconfig. The maintainer(s) will decide.

> Either way, David Miller will need to sign off on this since he manages
> net/ -stable patches.

I was unaware of different route points for stable patches, but it makes

Maybe we should add some kind of tagging
entries to MAINTAINERS so it is clear where to route stable
material? Right now I guess it is another one of these undocumented
rules that one is supposed to pick up by first annoying everyone :D

Are there other subsystems that have a second-level maintainer
for stable, so I know before annoying someone else?

Linus Walleij

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