[Cake] Cake on openwrt - falling behind

Toke Høiland-Jørgensen toke at toke.dk
Mon Jul 2 12:14:04 EDT 2018

Pete Heist <pete at heistp.net> writes:

>> On Jul 2, 2018, at 2:03 PM, Toke Høiland-Jørgensen <toke at toke.dk> wrote:
>> Pete Heist <pete at heistp.net> writes:
>>> But, um, I find it curious that tb[TCA_PAD] has valid looking values
>>> in it, and if I just go:
>>> tb[TCA_STATS2] = tb[TCA_PAD]
>>> right after parse_rtattr is called, I start getting tin stats printed
>>> that look valid. There should be zeroes or invalid values at
>>> tb[TCA_PAD], as that’s just supposed to be padding, right?
>> Hmm, that's interesting. Sounds like you are on the right track. What
>> are the numerical values of TCA_STATS2 and TCA_PAD in the kernel and
>> iproute2, respectively?
> I never would’ve guessed they could be different when compiled at once
> :) but true, there are at least five different versions of rtnetlink.h
> under build_dir based on their md5sums, and I see one belongs to
> iproute2-full. In all of those, it looks in the source like
> TCA_STATS2=7 and TCA_PAD=9.

Aha! I think I figured out what is going on:

The gen_stats facility will add an nlattr header at the beginning of the
qdisc stats, which is the toplevel TLV that contains all stats (and that
we put our stats inside). It stores a reference to this header, and when
all the per-qdisc callbacks have finished adding their stats, it goes
back and fixes up the length of the containing header.

The problem is that on architectures that need padding, the padding TLV
is added *first*, which means that the nlattr pointer that is stored
before the callbacks are performed points to the padding TLV and not the
stats TLV. And so, when the header is fixed up, the result (from the
parser's perspective) is just a very big padding TLV.

The options TLV is before the stats TLV, so the bug only occurs if the
options happen to have a length that means the stats will need padding.
Which is why messing with the number of options "fixes" the bug.

Could you try applying the patch below (to the kernel) and see if that
resolves the issue, please?


@@ -77,8 +77,12 @@ gnet_stats_start_copy_compat(struct sk_buff *skb, int type, int tc_stats_type,
 		d->lock = lock;
-	if (d->tail)
-		return gnet_stats_copy(d, type, NULL, 0, padattr);
+	if (d->tail) {
+		int ret = gnet_stats_copy(d, type, NULL, 0, padattr);
+		if (!ret)
+			d->tail = ((struct nlattr *)skb_tail_pointer(skb)) - 1;
+		return ret;
+	}
 	return 0;

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