Using tc to delay packets to only a single IP address

Solution 1:

The chosen answer is incorrect/incomplete. I faced a similar issue, the chosen answer gave some help, but not enough.

First, the following command is not really needed.

tc qdisc del dev eth0 root

It will 'delete' the root qdisc, but inmediately gets substituted by a pfifo_fast one (so you don't lose connectivity).

The second command:

tc qdisc add dev eth0 root handle 1: prio

Will substitute the pfifo_fast qdisc with the prio one. By default, the prio queue has 3 bands (0, 1, 2) each managed by one class (1:1, 1:2 and 1:3).

The packets will be sent to one of those bands using the TOS field of the IP package. This configuration is shown when you execute:

tc qdisc ls

looking at the 'priomap' values.

Then, you add a netem qdisc:

tc qdisc add dev eth0 parent 1:1 handle 2: netem delay 500ms

With this command you delay all traffic going to the 1:1 band (until the filter is in place).

But there are two caveats:

  • Your traffic can have a different TOS value and then being sent to another band.
  • The prio qdisc can be configured so the traffic goes to another band.

The following solved my issue to not be affected by the netem while the filter is not applied. Instead of the above steps, I did:

tc qdisc add dev eth0 root handle 1: prio priomap 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2

This will send all traffic by default to the band 1:3.

Then, I added the rule to delay traffic:

tc qdisc add dev eth0 parent 1:1 handle 10: netem delay 100ms 10ms

This creates the qdisc in the band 0, but since all traffic goes to band 3, it didn't affect me.

Afterwards, I added the filter:

tc filter add dev eth0 protocol ip parent 1:0 prio 1 u32 match ip dst match ip dport 80 0xffff flowid 1:1

Now with the filter, only the chosen IP/port will be affected, since we redirect the chosen traffic to the band 0.

All the other traffic continues unaffected since it continues to flow to band 3.

Solution 2:

Ok, I solved my own problem. It turns out that if you execute the first 3 lines above (the "tc qdisc" ones), it will delay all packets because there are no filters yet. The 4th line changes it to only delay packets from that single IP address. Additional filter lines can be added to add additional IP addresses to the "delayed" list. So: don't create a "netem delay" line without a filter pointing to it.