[v2,2/7] ethdev: add a link status text representation
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Message ID 20200526191033.16459-3-i.dyukov@samsung.com
State Superseded
Delegated to: Ferruh Yigit
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Ivan Dyukov May 26, 2020, 7:10 p.m. UTC
This commit add function which treat link status structure
and format it to text representation.

Signed-off-by: Ivan Dyukov <i.dyukov@samsung.com>
---
 lib/librte_ethdev/rte_ethdev.c | 39 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
 lib/librte_ethdev/rte_ethdev.h | 31 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++
 2 files changed, 70 insertions(+)

Comments

Morten Brørup May 27, 2020, 7:45 a.m. UTC | #1
> From: dev [mailto:dev-bounces@dpdk.org] On Behalf Of Ivan Dyukov
> Sent: Tuesday, May 26, 2020 9:10 PM
> 
> This commit add function which treat link status structure
> and format it to text representation.
> 
> Signed-off-by: Ivan Dyukov <i.dyukov@samsung.com>
> ---
>  lib/librte_ethdev/rte_ethdev.c | 39 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
>  lib/librte_ethdev/rte_ethdev.h | 31 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++
>  2 files changed, 70 insertions(+)
> 
> diff --git a/lib/librte_ethdev/rte_ethdev.c
> b/lib/librte_ethdev/rte_ethdev.c
> index 8e10a6fc3..8d75c2440 100644
> --- a/lib/librte_ethdev/rte_ethdev.c
> +++ b/lib/librte_ethdev/rte_ethdev.c
> @@ -2385,6 +2385,45 @@ rte_eth_link_get_nowait(uint16_t port_id, struct
> rte_eth_link *eth_link)
>  	return 0;
>  }
> 
> +void
> +rte_eth_link_prepare_text(struct rte_eth_link *eth_link, uint32_t
> speed_unit,
> +			  struct rte_eth_link_text *link_text)
> +{
> +	uint32_t link_speed = 0;
> +	/* prepare link speed */
> +	if (eth_link->link_speed == ETH_SPEED_NUM_UNKNOWN)
> +		memcpy(link_text->link_speed, "unknown",
> sizeof("unknown"));
> +	else {
> +		if (speed_unit == ETH_SPEED_UNIT_GBPS)
> +			link_speed = eth_link->link_speed / 1000;
> +		else
> +			link_speed = eth_link->link_speed;
> +		snprintf(link_text->link_speed, sizeof(link_text-
> >link_speed),
> +			 "%u", link_speed);
> +	}
> +	/* prepare link duplex */
> +	if (eth_link->link_duplex == ETH_LINK_FULL_DUPLEX)
> +		memcpy(link_text->link_duplex, "full-duplex",
> +			sizeof("full-duplex"));
> +	else
> +		memcpy(link_text->link_duplex, "half-duplex",
> +			sizeof("half-duplex"));
> +	/* prepare autoneg */
> +	if (eth_link->link_autoneg == ETH_LINK_AUTONEG)
> +		memcpy(link_text->link_autoneg, "autoneg",
> +			sizeof("autoneg"));
> +	else
> +		memcpy(link_text->link_autoneg, "fixed",
> +			sizeof("fixed"));
> +	/* prepare status */
> +	if (eth_link->link_status == ETH_LINK_DOWN)
> +		memcpy(link_text->link_status, "down",
> +			sizeof("down"));
> +	else
> +		memcpy(link_text->link_status, "up",
> +			sizeof("up"));
> +}
> +
>  int
>  rte_eth_stats_get(uint16_t port_id, struct rte_eth_stats *stats)
>  {
> diff --git a/lib/librte_ethdev/rte_ethdev.h
> b/lib/librte_ethdev/rte_ethdev.h
> index 2090af501..53d2f0c78 100644
> --- a/lib/librte_ethdev/rte_ethdev.h
> +++ b/lib/librte_ethdev/rte_ethdev.h
> @@ -316,6 +316,19 @@ struct rte_eth_link {
>  	uint16_t link_status  : 1;  /**< ETH_LINK_[DOWN/UP] */
>  } __rte_aligned(8);      /**< aligned for atomic64 read/write */
> 
> +/**
> + * Link speed units
> + */
> +#define ETH_SPEED_UNIT_GBPS 0
> +#define ETH_SPEED_UNIT_MBPS 1
> +
> +
> +struct rte_eth_link_text {
> +	char link_speed[14];  /** link speed */
> +	char link_duplex[12];  /** full-duplex or half-duplex */
> +	char link_autoneg[8];  /** autoneg or fixed */
> +	char link_status[5];  /** down or up */
> +};
>  /* Utility constants */
>  #define ETH_LINK_HALF_DUPLEX 0 /**< Half-duplex connection (see
> link_duplex). */
>  #define ETH_LINK_FULL_DUPLEX 1 /**< Full-duplex connection (see
> link_duplex). */
> @@ -2295,6 +2308,24 @@ int rte_eth_link_get(uint16_t port_id, struct
> rte_eth_link *link);
>   */
>  int rte_eth_link_get_nowait(uint16_t port_id, struct rte_eth_link
> *link);
> 
> +/**
> + * Format link status to textual representation. speed_unit is used to
> convert
> + * link_speed to specified unit. Also this function threats a special
> + * ETH_SPEED_NUM_UNKNOWN value of link_speed and return 'UNKNOWN'
> speed
> + * in this case.
> + *
> + * @param link
> + *   Link status provided by rte_eth_link_get function
> + * @param speed_unit
> + *   Target units for the speed. Following values are available:
> + *    - ETH_SPEED_UNIT_GBPS
> + *    - ETH_SPEED_UNIT_MBPS
> + * @param link_text
> + *   A pointer to an *rte_eth_link_text* structure to be filled with
> + *   textual representation of device status
> + */
> +void rte_eth_link_prepare_text(struct rte_eth_link *link, uint32_t
> speed_unit,
> +				struct rte_eth_link_text *link_text);
>  /**
>   * Retrieve the general I/O statistics of an Ethernet device.
>   *
> --
> 2.17.1
> 

Considering that this function will only be used by applications that don't need to follow a vendor-specific textual format for their link status, you can choose your own text format, and don't need the struct for the text strings. The function can simply write the entire information into a single string. It also makes speed_unit superfluous. E.g. like this:

void rte_eth_link_prepare_text(char *str, const struct rte_eth_link *const link)
{
    if (link.link_status == ETH_LINK_DOWN) {
        str += sprintf(str, "Link down");
    } else {
        str += sprintf(str, "Link up at ");
        if (link.link_speed == ETH_SPEED_NUM_UNKNOWN) {
            str += sprintf("Unknown speed");
        } else {
            if (link.link_speed < ETH_SPEED_NUM_1G)
                str += sprintf(str, "%u Mbit/s", link.link_speed);
            else if (link.link_speed == ETH_SPEED_NUM_2_5G)
                str += sprintf(str, "2.5 Gbit/s");
            else
                str += sprintf(str, "%u Gbit/s", link.link_speed / 1000);
            str += sprintf(str, " %cDX", link.link_duplex ? 'F' : 'H');
            str += sprintf(str, " %s", link.link_autoneg ? "Autoneg" : "Fixed");
        }
    }
}


And if DPDK already has an established style for "convert information to human readable text" functions regarding function name and parameter order, the function should follow such style.


Med venlig hilsen / kind regards
- Morten Brørup
Stephen Hemminger May 27, 2020, 2:53 p.m. UTC | #2
On Wed, 27 May 2020 09:45:49 +0200
Morten Brørup <mb@smartsharesystems.com> wrote:

> void rte_eth_link_prepare_text(char *str, const struct rte_eth_link *const link)
> {
>     if (link.link_status == ETH_LINK_DOWN) {
>         str += sprintf(str, "Link down");
>     } else {
>         str += sprintf(str, "Link up at ");
>         if (link.link_speed == ETH_SPEED_NUM_UNKNOWN) {
>             str += sprintf("Unknown speed");
>         } else {
>             if (link.link_speed < ETH_SPEED_NUM_1G)
>                 str += sprintf(str, "%u Mbit/s", link.link_speed);
>             else if (link.link_speed == ETH_SPEED_NUM_2_5G)
>                 str += sprintf(str, "2.5 Gbit/s");
>             else
>                 str += sprintf(str, "%u Gbit/s", link.link_speed / 1000);
>             str += sprintf(str, " %cDX", link.link_duplex ? 'F' : 'H');
>             str += sprintf(str, " %s", link.link_autoneg ? "Autoneg" : "Fixed");
>         }
>     }
> }

Having a semi-standard link status text is good. This version of
the code needs work before it is ready.

Using sprintf() rather than snprintf() is going to upset the security folks.
The API must take string and length, or use asprintf();
You don't want to do last increment or Coverity will complain about useless assignment.
Ferruh Yigit June 5, 2020, 11:45 a.m. UTC | #3
On 5/27/2020 8:45 AM, Morten Brørup wrote:
>> From: dev [mailto:dev-bounces@dpdk.org] On Behalf Of Ivan Dyukov
>> Sent: Tuesday, May 26, 2020 9:10 PM
>>
>> This commit add function which treat link status structure
>> and format it to text representation.
>>
>> Signed-off-by: Ivan Dyukov <i.dyukov@samsung.com>
>> ---
>>  lib/librte_ethdev/rte_ethdev.c | 39 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
>>  lib/librte_ethdev/rte_ethdev.h | 31 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++
>>  2 files changed, 70 insertions(+)
>>
>> diff --git a/lib/librte_ethdev/rte_ethdev.c
>> b/lib/librte_ethdev/rte_ethdev.c
>> index 8e10a6fc3..8d75c2440 100644
>> --- a/lib/librte_ethdev/rte_ethdev.c
>> +++ b/lib/librte_ethdev/rte_ethdev.c
>> @@ -2385,6 +2385,45 @@ rte_eth_link_get_nowait(uint16_t port_id, struct
>> rte_eth_link *eth_link)
>>  	return 0;
>>  }
>>
>> +void
>> +rte_eth_link_prepare_text(struct rte_eth_link *eth_link, uint32_t
>> speed_unit,
>> +			  struct rte_eth_link_text *link_text)
>> +{
>> +	uint32_t link_speed = 0;
>> +	/* prepare link speed */
>> +	if (eth_link->link_speed == ETH_SPEED_NUM_UNKNOWN)
>> +		memcpy(link_text->link_speed, "unknown",
>> sizeof("unknown"));
>> +	else {
>> +		if (speed_unit == ETH_SPEED_UNIT_GBPS)
>> +			link_speed = eth_link->link_speed / 1000;
>> +		else
>> +			link_speed = eth_link->link_speed;
>> +		snprintf(link_text->link_speed, sizeof(link_text-
>>> link_speed),
>> +			 "%u", link_speed);
>> +	}
>> +	/* prepare link duplex */
>> +	if (eth_link->link_duplex == ETH_LINK_FULL_DUPLEX)
>> +		memcpy(link_text->link_duplex, "full-duplex",
>> +			sizeof("full-duplex"));
>> +	else
>> +		memcpy(link_text->link_duplex, "half-duplex",
>> +			sizeof("half-duplex"));
>> +	/* prepare autoneg */
>> +	if (eth_link->link_autoneg == ETH_LINK_AUTONEG)
>> +		memcpy(link_text->link_autoneg, "autoneg",
>> +			sizeof("autoneg"));
>> +	else
>> +		memcpy(link_text->link_autoneg, "fixed",
>> +			sizeof("fixed"));
>> +	/* prepare status */
>> +	if (eth_link->link_status == ETH_LINK_DOWN)
>> +		memcpy(link_text->link_status, "down",
>> +			sizeof("down"));
>> +	else
>> +		memcpy(link_text->link_status, "up",
>> +			sizeof("up"));
>> +}
>> +
>>  int
>>  rte_eth_stats_get(uint16_t port_id, struct rte_eth_stats *stats)
>>  {
>> diff --git a/lib/librte_ethdev/rte_ethdev.h
>> b/lib/librte_ethdev/rte_ethdev.h
>> index 2090af501..53d2f0c78 100644
>> --- a/lib/librte_ethdev/rte_ethdev.h
>> +++ b/lib/librte_ethdev/rte_ethdev.h
>> @@ -316,6 +316,19 @@ struct rte_eth_link {
>>  	uint16_t link_status  : 1;  /**< ETH_LINK_[DOWN/UP] */
>>  } __rte_aligned(8);      /**< aligned for atomic64 read/write */
>>
>> +/**
>> + * Link speed units
>> + */
>> +#define ETH_SPEED_UNIT_GBPS 0
>> +#define ETH_SPEED_UNIT_MBPS 1
>> +
>> +
>> +struct rte_eth_link_text {
>> +	char link_speed[14];  /** link speed */
>> +	char link_duplex[12];  /** full-duplex or half-duplex */
>> +	char link_autoneg[8];  /** autoneg or fixed */
>> +	char link_status[5];  /** down or up */
>> +};
>>  /* Utility constants */
>>  #define ETH_LINK_HALF_DUPLEX 0 /**< Half-duplex connection (see
>> link_duplex). */
>>  #define ETH_LINK_FULL_DUPLEX 1 /**< Full-duplex connection (see
>> link_duplex). */
>> @@ -2295,6 +2308,24 @@ int rte_eth_link_get(uint16_t port_id, struct
>> rte_eth_link *link);
>>   */
>>  int rte_eth_link_get_nowait(uint16_t port_id, struct rte_eth_link
>> *link);
>>
>> +/**
>> + * Format link status to textual representation. speed_unit is used to
>> convert
>> + * link_speed to specified unit. Also this function threats a special
>> + * ETH_SPEED_NUM_UNKNOWN value of link_speed and return 'UNKNOWN'
>> speed
>> + * in this case.
>> + *
>> + * @param link
>> + *   Link status provided by rte_eth_link_get function
>> + * @param speed_unit
>> + *   Target units for the speed. Following values are available:
>> + *    - ETH_SPEED_UNIT_GBPS
>> + *    - ETH_SPEED_UNIT_MBPS
>> + * @param link_text
>> + *   A pointer to an *rte_eth_link_text* structure to be filled with
>> + *   textual representation of device status
>> + */
>> +void rte_eth_link_prepare_text(struct rte_eth_link *link, uint32_t
>> speed_unit,
>> +				struct rte_eth_link_text *link_text);
>>  /**
>>   * Retrieve the general I/O statistics of an Ethernet device.
>>   *
>> --
>> 2.17.1
>>
> 
> Considering that this function will only be used by applications that don't need to follow a vendor-specific textual format for their link status, you can choose your own text format, and don't need the struct for the text strings. The function can simply write the entire information into a single string. It also makes speed_unit superfluous. E.g. like this:
> 
> void rte_eth_link_prepare_text(char *str, const struct rte_eth_link *const link)
> {
>     if (link.link_status == ETH_LINK_DOWN) {
>         str += sprintf(str, "Link down");
>     } else {
>         str += sprintf(str, "Link up at ");
>         if (link.link_speed == ETH_SPEED_NUM_UNKNOWN) {
>             str += sprintf("Unknown speed");
>         } else {
>             if (link.link_speed < ETH_SPEED_NUM_1G)
>                 str += sprintf(str, "%u Mbit/s", link.link_speed);
>             else if (link.link_speed == ETH_SPEED_NUM_2_5G)
>                 str += sprintf(str, "2.5 Gbit/s");
>             else
>                 str += sprintf(str, "%u Gbit/s", link.link_speed / 1000);
>             str += sprintf(str, " %cDX", link.link_duplex ? 'F' : 'H');
>             str += sprintf(str, " %s", link.link_autoneg ? "Autoneg" : "Fixed");
>         }
>     }
> }
> 
> 
> And if DPDK already has an established style for "convert information to human readable text" functions regarding function name and parameter order, the function should follow such style.
> 

What about having them both, a per-formatted string that can make life easy for
applications, and struct for text strings for the apps need some granularity.
Morten Brørup June 8, 2020, 7:22 a.m. UTC | #4
> From: dev [mailto:dev-bounces@dpdk.org] On Behalf Of Ferruh Yigit
> Sent: Friday, June 5, 2020 1:45 PM
> 
> On 5/27/2020 8:45 AM, Morten Brørup wrote:
> >> From: dev [mailto:dev-bounces@dpdk.org] On Behalf Of Ivan Dyukov
> >> Sent: Tuesday, May 26, 2020 9:10 PM
> >>
> >> This commit add function which treat link status structure
> >> and format it to text representation.
> >>
> >> Signed-off-by: Ivan Dyukov <i.dyukov@samsung.com>
> >> ---
> >>  lib/librte_ethdev/rte_ethdev.c | 39
> ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
> >>  lib/librte_ethdev/rte_ethdev.h | 31 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++
> >>  2 files changed, 70 insertions(+)
> >>
> >> diff --git a/lib/librte_ethdev/rte_ethdev.c
> >> b/lib/librte_ethdev/rte_ethdev.c
> >> index 8e10a6fc3..8d75c2440 100644
> >> --- a/lib/librte_ethdev/rte_ethdev.c
> >> +++ b/lib/librte_ethdev/rte_ethdev.c
> >> @@ -2385,6 +2385,45 @@ rte_eth_link_get_nowait(uint16_t port_id,
> struct
> >> rte_eth_link *eth_link)
> >>  	return 0;
> >>  }
> >>
> >> +void
> >> +rte_eth_link_prepare_text(struct rte_eth_link *eth_link, uint32_t
> >> speed_unit,
> >> +			  struct rte_eth_link_text *link_text)
> >> +{
> >> +	uint32_t link_speed = 0;
> >> +	/* prepare link speed */
> >> +	if (eth_link->link_speed == ETH_SPEED_NUM_UNKNOWN)
> >> +		memcpy(link_text->link_speed, "unknown",
> >> sizeof("unknown"));
> >> +	else {
> >> +		if (speed_unit == ETH_SPEED_UNIT_GBPS)
> >> +			link_speed = eth_link->link_speed / 1000;
> >> +		else
> >> +			link_speed = eth_link->link_speed;
> >> +		snprintf(link_text->link_speed, sizeof(link_text-
> >>> link_speed),
> >> +			 "%u", link_speed);
> >> +	}
> >> +	/* prepare link duplex */
> >> +	if (eth_link->link_duplex == ETH_LINK_FULL_DUPLEX)
> >> +		memcpy(link_text->link_duplex, "full-duplex",
> >> +			sizeof("full-duplex"));
> >> +	else
> >> +		memcpy(link_text->link_duplex, "half-duplex",
> >> +			sizeof("half-duplex"));
> >> +	/* prepare autoneg */
> >> +	if (eth_link->link_autoneg == ETH_LINK_AUTONEG)
> >> +		memcpy(link_text->link_autoneg, "autoneg",
> >> +			sizeof("autoneg"));
> >> +	else
> >> +		memcpy(link_text->link_autoneg, "fixed",
> >> +			sizeof("fixed"));
> >> +	/* prepare status */
> >> +	if (eth_link->link_status == ETH_LINK_DOWN)
> >> +		memcpy(link_text->link_status, "down",
> >> +			sizeof("down"));
> >> +	else
> >> +		memcpy(link_text->link_status, "up",
> >> +			sizeof("up"));
> >> +}
> >> +
> >>  int
> >>  rte_eth_stats_get(uint16_t port_id, struct rte_eth_stats *stats)
> >>  {
> >> diff --git a/lib/librte_ethdev/rte_ethdev.h
> >> b/lib/librte_ethdev/rte_ethdev.h
> >> index 2090af501..53d2f0c78 100644
> >> --- a/lib/librte_ethdev/rte_ethdev.h
> >> +++ b/lib/librte_ethdev/rte_ethdev.h
> >> @@ -316,6 +316,19 @@ struct rte_eth_link {
> >>  	uint16_t link_status  : 1;  /**< ETH_LINK_[DOWN/UP] */
> >>  } __rte_aligned(8);      /**< aligned for atomic64 read/write */
> >>
> >> +/**
> >> + * Link speed units
> >> + */
> >> +#define ETH_SPEED_UNIT_GBPS 0
> >> +#define ETH_SPEED_UNIT_MBPS 1
> >> +
> >> +
> >> +struct rte_eth_link_text {
> >> +	char link_speed[14];  /** link speed */
> >> +	char link_duplex[12];  /** full-duplex or half-duplex */
> >> +	char link_autoneg[8];  /** autoneg or fixed */
> >> +	char link_status[5];  /** down or up */
> >> +};
> >>  /* Utility constants */
> >>  #define ETH_LINK_HALF_DUPLEX 0 /**< Half-duplex connection (see
> >> link_duplex). */
> >>  #define ETH_LINK_FULL_DUPLEX 1 /**< Full-duplex connection (see
> >> link_duplex). */
> >> @@ -2295,6 +2308,24 @@ int rte_eth_link_get(uint16_t port_id, struct
> >> rte_eth_link *link);
> >>   */
> >>  int rte_eth_link_get_nowait(uint16_t port_id, struct rte_eth_link
> >> *link);
> >>
> >> +/**
> >> + * Format link status to textual representation. speed_unit is used
> to
> >> convert
> >> + * link_speed to specified unit. Also this function threats a
> special
> >> + * ETH_SPEED_NUM_UNKNOWN value of link_speed and return 'UNKNOWN'
> >> speed
> >> + * in this case.
> >> + *
> >> + * @param link
> >> + *   Link status provided by rte_eth_link_get function
> >> + * @param speed_unit
> >> + *   Target units for the speed. Following values are available:
> >> + *    - ETH_SPEED_UNIT_GBPS
> >> + *    - ETH_SPEED_UNIT_MBPS
> >> + * @param link_text
> >> + *   A pointer to an *rte_eth_link_text* structure to be filled
> with
> >> + *   textual representation of device status
> >> + */
> >> +void rte_eth_link_prepare_text(struct rte_eth_link *link, uint32_t
> >> speed_unit,
> >> +				struct rte_eth_link_text *link_text);
> >>  /**
> >>   * Retrieve the general I/O statistics of an Ethernet device.
> >>   *
> >> --
> >> 2.17.1
> >>
> >
> > Considering that this function will only be used by applications that
> don't need to follow a vendor-specific textual format for their link
> status, you can choose your own text format, and don't need the struct
> for the text strings. The function can simply write the entire
> information into a single string. It also makes speed_unit superfluous.
> E.g. like this:
> >
> > void rte_eth_link_prepare_text(char *str, const struct rte_eth_link
> *const link)
> > {
> >     if (link.link_status == ETH_LINK_DOWN) {
> >         str += sprintf(str, "Link down");
> >     } else {
> >         str += sprintf(str, "Link up at ");
> >         if (link.link_speed == ETH_SPEED_NUM_UNKNOWN) {
> >             str += sprintf("Unknown speed");
> >         } else {
> >             if (link.link_speed < ETH_SPEED_NUM_1G)
> >                 str += sprintf(str, "%u Mbit/s", link.link_speed);
> >             else if (link.link_speed == ETH_SPEED_NUM_2_5G)
> >                 str += sprintf(str, "2.5 Gbit/s");
> >             else
> >                 str += sprintf(str, "%u Gbit/s", link.link_speed /
> 1000);
> >             str += sprintf(str, " %cDX", link.link_duplex ? 'F' :
> 'H');
> >             str += sprintf(str, " %s", link.link_autoneg ? "Autoneg"
> : "Fixed");
> >         }
> >     }
> > }
> >
> >
> > And if DPDK already has an established style for "convert information
> to human readable text" functions regarding function name and parameter
> order, the function should follow such style.
> >
> 
> What about having them both, a per-formatted string that can make life
> easy for
> applications, and struct for text strings for the apps need some
> granularity.
> 

Not necessary. Application developers can easily write their own link status formatting functions.

And the formatting function provided by DPDK can be used as a reference if the application developer needs more detailed information. That is one of the beauties of Open Source Software - the source code supplements the documentation.

Patch
diff mbox series

diff --git a/lib/librte_ethdev/rte_ethdev.c b/lib/librte_ethdev/rte_ethdev.c
index 8e10a6fc3..8d75c2440 100644
--- a/lib/librte_ethdev/rte_ethdev.c
+++ b/lib/librte_ethdev/rte_ethdev.c
@@ -2385,6 +2385,45 @@  rte_eth_link_get_nowait(uint16_t port_id, struct rte_eth_link *eth_link)
 	return 0;
 }
 
+void
+rte_eth_link_prepare_text(struct rte_eth_link *eth_link, uint32_t speed_unit,
+			  struct rte_eth_link_text *link_text)
+{
+	uint32_t link_speed = 0;
+	/* prepare link speed */
+	if (eth_link->link_speed == ETH_SPEED_NUM_UNKNOWN)
+		memcpy(link_text->link_speed, "unknown", sizeof("unknown"));
+	else {
+		if (speed_unit == ETH_SPEED_UNIT_GBPS)
+			link_speed = eth_link->link_speed / 1000;
+		else
+			link_speed = eth_link->link_speed;
+		snprintf(link_text->link_speed, sizeof(link_text->link_speed),
+			 "%u", link_speed);
+	}
+	/* prepare link duplex */
+	if (eth_link->link_duplex == ETH_LINK_FULL_DUPLEX)
+		memcpy(link_text->link_duplex, "full-duplex",
+			sizeof("full-duplex"));
+	else
+		memcpy(link_text->link_duplex, "half-duplex",
+			sizeof("half-duplex"));
+	/* prepare autoneg */
+	if (eth_link->link_autoneg == ETH_LINK_AUTONEG)
+		memcpy(link_text->link_autoneg, "autoneg",
+			sizeof("autoneg"));
+	else
+		memcpy(link_text->link_autoneg, "fixed",
+			sizeof("fixed"));
+	/* prepare status */
+	if (eth_link->link_status == ETH_LINK_DOWN)
+		memcpy(link_text->link_status, "down",
+			sizeof("down"));
+	else
+		memcpy(link_text->link_status, "up",
+			sizeof("up"));
+}
+
 int
 rte_eth_stats_get(uint16_t port_id, struct rte_eth_stats *stats)
 {
diff --git a/lib/librte_ethdev/rte_ethdev.h b/lib/librte_ethdev/rte_ethdev.h
index 2090af501..53d2f0c78 100644
--- a/lib/librte_ethdev/rte_ethdev.h
+++ b/lib/librte_ethdev/rte_ethdev.h
@@ -316,6 +316,19 @@  struct rte_eth_link {
 	uint16_t link_status  : 1;  /**< ETH_LINK_[DOWN/UP] */
 } __rte_aligned(8);      /**< aligned for atomic64 read/write */
 
+/**
+ * Link speed units
+ */
+#define ETH_SPEED_UNIT_GBPS 0
+#define ETH_SPEED_UNIT_MBPS 1
+
+
+struct rte_eth_link_text {
+	char link_speed[14];  /** link speed */
+	char link_duplex[12];  /** full-duplex or half-duplex */
+	char link_autoneg[8];  /** autoneg or fixed */
+	char link_status[5];  /** down or up */
+};
 /* Utility constants */
 #define ETH_LINK_HALF_DUPLEX 0 /**< Half-duplex connection (see link_duplex). */
 #define ETH_LINK_FULL_DUPLEX 1 /**< Full-duplex connection (see link_duplex). */
@@ -2295,6 +2308,24 @@  int rte_eth_link_get(uint16_t port_id, struct rte_eth_link *link);
  */
 int rte_eth_link_get_nowait(uint16_t port_id, struct rte_eth_link *link);
 
+/**
+ * Format link status to textual representation. speed_unit is used to convert
+ * link_speed to specified unit. Also this function threats a special
+ * ETH_SPEED_NUM_UNKNOWN value of link_speed and return 'UNKNOWN' speed
+ * in this case.
+ *
+ * @param link
+ *   Link status provided by rte_eth_link_get function
+ * @param speed_unit
+ *   Target units for the speed. Following values are available:
+ *    - ETH_SPEED_UNIT_GBPS
+ *    - ETH_SPEED_UNIT_MBPS
+ * @param link_text
+ *   A pointer to an *rte_eth_link_text* structure to be filled with
+ *   textual representation of device status
+ */
+void rte_eth_link_prepare_text(struct rte_eth_link *link, uint32_t speed_unit,
+				struct rte_eth_link_text *link_text);
 /**
  * Retrieve the general I/O statistics of an Ethernet device.
  *