[lvs-users] [PATCH] ipvsadm: catch the original errno from netlink answer

Jesper Dangaard Brouer brouer at redhat.com
Fri Aug 11 14:50:47 BST 2017

On Sat,  5 Aug 2017 14:38:28 +0300
Julian Anastasov <ja at ssi.bg> wrote:

> nl_recvmsgs_default() returns NLE_* error codes and not
> errno values. As result, attempt to delete virtual service
> returns NLE_OBJ_NOTFOUND (12) which matches the ENOMEM value.
> Problem as reported by Emanuele Rocca:
> ipvsadm -D -t example.org:80
> Memory allocation problem
> Fix it by providing generic error handler to catch the errno
> value as returned in netlink answer. By this way all netlink
> commands will get proper error string. The problem is present
> only when ipvsadm is compiled with libnl.
> ipvsadm -D -t example.org:80
> No such service
> Reported-by: Emanuele Rocca <ema at wikimedia.org>
> Signed-off-by: Julian Anastasov <ja at ssi.bg>

I've gone through the full call path from the kernel via netlink, and I
was going to claim that we also needed to handle errno "-EEXIST" in the
ipvsadm translation function ipvs_strerror().  Note, this fix uses the
errno "-ESRCH".

As kernel function ip_vs_del_service() return -EEXIST (if svc==NULL)

BUT a closer look shows that -EEXIST will never get returned by
ip_vs_del_service() as all callers of this function does a svc==NULL
check and return "-ESRCH" instead.

Thus, this patch is correct, but the kernel code is confusing ;-)


Best regards,
  Jesper Dangaard Brouer
  MSc.CS, Principal Kernel Engineer at Red Hat
  LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/brouer

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