[dpdk-dev] problem with rte_pktmbuf_prepend (possible bug?)

Periklis Akritidis akritid at niometrics.com
Tue Feb 18 15:19:36 CET 2014

Hi Mario,

Are you passing rte_pktmbuf_init as the obj_init argument to rte_mempool_create?
It is called when the mbuf if freed and it will reset the fields. I vaguely remember I had the same issue at some point and resolved it somehow. This comes to mind.


On 18 Feb, 2014, at 6:27 pm, Mario Gianni <m.gianni at engineer.com> wrote:

> Hi all, I'm experimenting some code with DPDK v1.5.0 and I have the following problem:
> I have a thread that receives packets from NIC, once I received a packet I want to prepend some data to it and I try to do so through the function rte_pktmbuf_prepend()
> then the packet is enqueued in a ring buffer where it will be used by a client thread before being dropped through the function rte_pktmbuf_free() called by the client thread.
> Now, if I try to send packets to this program I have the following behaviour:
> In a first time it seems to work correctly, then after a certain number of received packets (approximately the same number as the number of mbufs present in the mempool) if I call the rte_pktmbuf_headroom it returns that the headroom is shrinking more than the expected, until after a certain number of packets the headroom goes to zero.
> It seems like that when I call the rte_pktmbuf_free() function it doesn't reset the data position inside the mbuf, so when I call for a second time the mbuf the headroom continues to shrink until it finishes.
> Do you have any idea of this strange behaviour?Could it be a bug in the prepend/free function?
> Thank you,
> Mario

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