[Intel-wired-lan] [next-queue PATCH v3] fm10k: correctly pack TLV structures and explain reasoning

Jacob Keller jacob.e.keller at intel.com
Mon Nov 9 22:04:08 UTC 2015

The TLV format for little endian structures is actually 4 byte aligned
copy. To this end, we need to add an additional __aligned(4) marker
along with __packed to ensure that these structures are actually 4 byte
aligned and packed correctly. Use of just __packed will not work as this
will result in 1byte alignment which is incorrect. Add a comment
explaining the reasoning behind why these structures need the special

Signed-off-by: Jacob Keller <jacob.e.keller at intel.com>
- v3
* use __aligned(4) instead of __attribute__(aligned(4))

Note: this patch replaces both TLV patches currently on the queue as it
looks like Jeff had forgotten to remove the earlier one when the subject

 drivers/net/ethernet/intel/fm10k/fm10k_pf.h | 13 +++++++++----
 1 file changed, 9 insertions(+), 4 deletions(-)

diff --git a/drivers/net/ethernet/intel/fm10k/fm10k_pf.h b/drivers/net/ethernet/intel/fm10k/fm10k_pf.h
index a8fc512a2416..337859260b9b 100644
--- a/drivers/net/ethernet/intel/fm10k/fm10k_pf.h
+++ b/drivers/net/ethernet/intel/fm10k/fm10k_pf.h
@@ -74,6 +74,11 @@ enum fm10k_pf_tlv_attr_id_v1 {
+/* The following data structures are overlayed directly onto TLV mailbox
+ * messages, and must not break 4 byte alignment. Ensure the structures line
+ * up correctly as per their TLV definition.
+ */
 struct fm10k_mac_update {
 	__le32	mac_lower;
 	__le16	mac_upper;
@@ -81,26 +86,26 @@ struct fm10k_mac_update {
 	__le16	glort;
 	u8	flags;
 	u8	action;
-} __packed;
+} __aligned(4) __packed;
 struct fm10k_global_table_data {
 	__le32	used;
 	__le32	avail;
-} __packed;
+} __aligned(4) __packed;
 struct fm10k_swapi_error {
 	__le32				status;
 	struct fm10k_global_table_data	mac;
 	struct fm10k_global_table_data	nexthop;
 	struct fm10k_global_table_data	ffu;
-} __packed;
+} __aligned(4) __packed;
 struct fm10k_swapi_1588_timestamp {
 	__le64 egress;
 	__le64 ingress;
 	__le16 dglort;
 	__le16 sglort;
-} __packed;
+} __aligned(4) __packed;
 s32 fm10k_msg_lport_map_pf(struct fm10k_hw *, u32 **, struct fm10k_mbx_info *);
 extern const struct fm10k_tlv_attr fm10k_lport_map_msg_attr[];

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