[PATCH] net: fec: Add support for multiple phys on mdiobus

Sascha Hauer s.hauer at pengutronix.de
Mon Jan 21 06:56:53 EST 2013

On Mon, Jan 21, 2013 at 12:12:52PM +0100, Florian Fainelli wrote:
> On 01/21/2013 12:07 PM, Wolfgang Grandegger wrote:
> >On 01/21/2013 11:07 AM, Sascha Hauer wrote:
> >>On Mon, Jan 21, 2013 at 09:56:24AM +0100, Wolfgang Grandegger wrote:
> >>>On 01/21/2013 09:37 AM, Sascha Hauer wrote:
> >>>>There may be multiple phys on an mdio bus. This series adds support
> >>>>for this to the fec driver. I recently had a board which has a switch
> >>>>connected to the fec's mdio bus, so I had to pick the correct phy.
> >>>
> >>>Pick one PHY from a switch port? Well, does a PHY-less (or fixed-link)
> >>>configuration for a switch not make more sense?
> >>
> >>Yes, you're probably right.
> >>
> >>>Various ARM Ethernet
> >>>contoller drivers do not support it. I recently needed a hack for an
> >>>AT91 board.
> >>
> >>I wonder how we want to proceed. Should there be a devicetree property
> >>'fixed-link' like done for fs_enet (and not recommended for new code,
> >>stated in the comment above of_phy_connect_fixed_link)?
> >
> >Also the gianfar and ucc_geth drivers use this interface (via fixed
> >link phy). I tried to use it for the AT91 macb driver but stopped
> >quickly because the usage was not straight forward (too much code)...
> >even if the idea of using a fake fixed-link phy is not bad.
> >
> >>Currently I have a property 'phy' in the fec binding which has a phandle
> >>to a phy provided by the fec's mdio bus, but this could equally well
> >
> >But than the cable must be connected to the associated switch port.
> >
> >>point to a fixed dummy phy:
> >>
> >>	phy = &fixed-phy;
> >
> >The link speed, full/half duplex and maybe some mroe parameter should
> >be configurable via device tree.
> >
> >>Currently there seems to be no common convention for the devicetree how
> >>to handle such situations, or am I missing something?
> >
> >That's also may impression. There seem to be a few more related hacks:
> >
> >$ find . -name '*.c'| xargs grep -i "phy-less"
> >./ethernet/amd/au1000_eth.c:			netdev_info(dev, "using PHY-less setup\n");
> >./ethernet/amd/au1000_eth.c:	} else { /* PHY-less op, assume full-duplex */
> >./ethernet/ibm/emac/core.c:	/* PHY-less configuration.
> >./ethernet/ibm/emac/core.c:		/* PHY-less configuration.
> >
> >I would prefer to handle the "fixed-link" property of the ethernet dt
> >node directly in the driver with a generic helper function.
> Is not what of_phy_connect_fixed_link() offer? I am not sure there
> can be much done by an helper than that.

The comment above this function states:

 * of_phy_connect_fixed_link - Parse fixed-link property and return a dummy phy
 * @dev: pointer to net_device claiming the phy
 * @hndlr: Link state callback for the network device
 * @iface: PHY data interface type
 * This function is a temporary stop-gap and will be removed soon.  It is
 * only to support the fs_enet, ucc_geth and gianfar Ethernet drivers.  Do
 * not call this function from new drivers.

And the commit introducing it has:

    Note: the dummy phy handling in arch/powerpc is a bit of a hack and
    needs to be reworked.  This function is being added now to solve the
    regression in the Ethernet drivers, but it should be considered a
    temporary measure until the fixed link handling can be reworked.

The 'temporary measure' exists for 3 1/2 years now ;)


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