How to check tap device for sndbuf when I set sndbuf=0 in the interface xml

Yalan Zhang yalzhang at
Mon Oct 31 08:12:34 UTC 2022

cc libvirt-users for more inputs


I'm trying to find out how to check sndbuf for a tap device, could you
please help to check it?

In kernel 2.6.18, the tap device's default sndbuf is 1MB. There is a RFE
bug[1] and patch[2] to introduce the option below in libvirt to adjust the
It is said in the patch[2] that when we set sndbuf=0, we actually set it to
How to check if it is set successfully? I have checked the below files, the
value didn't change after I start a vm with sndbuf=0
# grep . /proc/sys/net/core/*mem_default

And from the doc[3]: "The default value is set by the
/proc/sys/net/core/wmem_default file and the maximum allowed value is set
by the /proc/sys/net/core/wmem_max file."
Current kernel 5.14.0-177.el9 has some updates about sndbuf:
# cat  /proc/sys/net/core/wmem_default
# cat  /proc/sys/net/core/wmem_max

Thank you!

[1] Bug 665293 <> - RFE:
Allow setting size of send buffer per TAP device in QEMU driver

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