[dpdk-dev] Permissions Required to Run DPDK/MLX5 as Non-Root User?

David Christensen drc at linux.vnet.ibm.com
Mon Feb 24 23:38:38 CET 2020

On 2/20/20 11:24 AM, David Christensen wrote:
> Running DPDK 20.02-rc3 and attempting to use the MLX5 PMD as a non-root 
> user.  When starting testpmd I'm receiving the following error on both 
> Power and x86_64 platforms (full output further down):
>    net_mlx5: probe of PCI device 0000:01:00.0 aborted after encountering 
> an error: Operation not supported

Ended up with two answers:

1) Manually clean out /dev/hugepages.  Often encountered root owned 
files left over from previous test runs, causing memory allocation 
failures when DPDK couldn't use the name it wanted (rtemap_*).

2) Needed to manually add special permissions to dpdk-testpmd (thanks 
# setcap cap_net_raw,cap_net_admin,cap_ipc_lock+eip 


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