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From: Ferruh Yigit <ferruh.yigit@intel.com>
To: Vivien Didelot <vivien.didelot@gmail.com>,
	Stephen Hemminger <stephen@networkplumber.org>
Cc: dev@dpdk.org, patrick.keroulas@radio-canada.ca, thomas@monjalon.net
Subject: Re: [dpdk-dev] [PATCH 1/2] net/pcap: support software Tx nanosecond timestamp
Date: Thu, 4 Jun 2020 12:16:58 +0100
Message-ID: <cd9ba26d-824f-a349-a4b6-718f82954818@intel.com> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <1a562b11-b666-e900-c345-ffccb71fdfe2@intel.com>

On 6/4/2020 11:52 AM, Ferruh Yigit wrote:
> On 6/3/2020 9:26 PM, Vivien Didelot wrote:
>> On Wed, 3 Jun 2020 13:11:39 -0700, Stephen Hemminger <stephen@networkplumber.org> wrote:
>>> On Wed, 3 Jun 2020 18:50:51 +0100
>>> Ferruh Yigit <ferruh.yigit@intel.com> wrote:
>>>> On 5/23/2020 6:21 PM, Vivien Didelot wrote:
>>>>> When capturing packets into a PCAP file, DPDK currently uses
>>>>> microseconds for the timestamp. But libpcap supports interpreting
>>>>> tv_usec as nanoseconds depending on the file timestamp precision.
>>>>> To support this, use PCAP_TSTAMP_PRECISION_NANO when creating the
>>>>> empty PCAP file as specified by PCAP_OPEN_DEAD(3PCAP) and implement
>>>>> nanosecond timeval addition. This also ensures that the precision
>>>>> reported by capinfos is nanoseconds (9).  
>>>> Overall good idea and patch looks good.
>>>> Only concern is change in the libpcap dependency. Do you know which libpcap
>>>> version supports 'PCAP_TSTAMP_PRECISION_NANO'?
>>>> If a user of pcap PMD updates to latest DPDK and the environment doesn't have
>>>> new version of the libpcap, this change will require an environment update and
>>>> this may or may not be easy to do. That is why not sure if the updates require
>>>> dependency change should wait for the LTS or not.
>>>> Another things is the backward compatibility, as far as I understand the pcap
>>>> file recorded with nanosecond precision can be read and parsed without problem
>>>> by old application that doesn't know the nanosecond precision, but can you
>>>> please confirm this?
>>> We should do pcapng instead of doing the pcap with nano timestamp.
>>> My impression is that libpcap is a dormant project at this point, and the
>>> finer grain timestamp is a hack that is only in some verisions.
>>> That was one of the reasons pcapng started.
>> Reading tv_usec as nanoseconds has been supported for years in libpcap.
>> For instance PCAP_TSTAMP_PRECISION_NANO was introduced in ba89e4a18e8b
>> ("Make timestamps precision configurable") on May 17, 2013.
> Thanks for the commit info, it looks like this support exists since
> libpcap-1.5.0, and even CentOS 7 has libpcap-1.5.3-xx so looks safe to proceed.

But it may be good to mention from the change in the release notes, can you
please update the release notes (doc/guides/rel_notes/release_20_08.rst) in next
version of the patch.

  reply	other threads:[~2020-06-04 11:17 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 11+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2020-05-23 17:21 Vivien Didelot
2020-05-23 17:21 ` [dpdk-dev] [PATCH 2/2] net/pcap: add TODO for writing Tx HW timestamp Vivien Didelot
2020-05-24  1:38   ` Stephen Hemminger
2020-06-03 17:31     ` Ferruh Yigit
2020-05-24  1:39 ` [dpdk-dev] [PATCH 1/2] net/pcap: support software Tx nanosecond timestamp Stephen Hemminger
2020-06-03 17:50 ` Ferruh Yigit
2020-06-03 20:11   ` Stephen Hemminger
     [not found]     ` <20200603162652.GB13716@t480s.localdomain>
2020-06-03 21:59       ` Stephen Hemminger
2020-06-04 10:52       ` Ferruh Yigit
2020-06-04 11:16         ` Ferruh Yigit [this message]
2020-06-04 10:55     ` Ferruh Yigit

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