[PATCH v2 1/2] ARM: at91/dt: describe rgmii ethernet phy connected to sama5d3xek boards

Florian Fainelli f.fainelli at gmail.com
Thu Jul 10 08:35:15 PDT 2014

2014-07-10 2:07 GMT-07:00 Boris BREZILLON <boris.brezillon at free-electrons.com>:
> On Fri, 27 Jun 2014 09:52:56 +0200
> Nicolas Ferre <nicolas.ferre at atmel.com> wrote:
>> On 26/06/2014 22:01, Boris BREZILLON :
>> > Hi Florian,
>> >
>> > On 26/06/2014 20:15, Florian Fainelli wrote:
>> >> Hi Boris,
>> >>
>> >> 2014-06-26 3:13 GMT-07:00 Boris BREZILLON <boris.brezillon at free-electrons.com>:
>> >>> Add ethernet-phy node and specify phy interrupt (connected to pin PB25).
>> >>>
>> >>> The PHY address is not specified here because atmel have 2 different
>> >>> designs
>> >>> for its CPU modules: one is connecting PHYAD[0-2] pins to pull up resistors
>> >>> (Embest design) and the other one is connection PHYAD0 to a pull up
>> >>> resistor and PHYAD[1-2] to pull down resistors (Ronetix design).
>> >>> As a result, Ronetix design will have its PHY available at address 0x1 and
>> >>> Embest design at 0x7.
>> >>> Let the net PHY core automatically detect the PHY address by scanning the
>> >>> MDIO bus.
>> >> I though the compatible string was listed as a required property, but
>> >> it is not. The 'reg' property however is listed as required, although
>> >> the of_miodbus_register() works just fine without it, although that is
>> >> a Linux-specific implementation detail.
>> >
>> > Indeed, it's listed in the required property list of the DT binding doc,
>> > but the code implement auto detection if reg is missing.
>> > However this line [1] clearly shows that specifying the reg property is
>> > the preferred way of doing things.
>> >
>> > I could define 2 different sama5d3xcm.dtsi (sama5d3xcm-ronetix.dtsi and
>> > sama5d3xcm-embest.dtsi) to avoid this dirty hack,
>> > but then we would have 2 more dtb and the user would have to determine
>> > which CPU module he owns to choose the appropriate dtb.
>> > If at91, arm-soc and DT maintainers agree with this approach I can
>> > definitely propose something.
>> Yes Boris, I definitively prefer not to add another .dtsi file for this
>> series if we can avoid it.
> Okay, now that I don't specify the reg property I have a bunch of
> noisy logs (which is exactly what the developer of of_mdio.c wanted in
> order to force people to specify the reg property).
> It seems to be a problem for atmel users (all these logs make them
> think there is something wrong with the net device).
> Apart from the dts/dtsi split solution, which Nicolas wants to avoid, I
> see two solutions here:
> 1) remove the logs (or use dev_dbg instead of dev_info) from of_mdio.c.
> But I'm pretty sure this solution won't be accepted :-).

I am fine with using dev_dbg() instead of dev_info() for that sort of
messages, provided that you state the rationale of this change
(spewing the log console with probing messages) and specify tha the
'reg' property is optional.

> 2) define 2 ethernet phys (one for each possible solution). I tested it
> and it works fine (only the available PHY is registered and there is no
> noisy logs anymore).

One advantage of that solution is that you'll get slightly faster boot
times since you won't have to auto-probe for the PHYs on the MDIO bus,
the time savings get bigger as you start using higher PHY addresses.

> Could net and DT maintainers help us choose the best solution (or
> propose a new one) ?
> Best Regards,
> Boris
> --
> Boris Brezillon, Free Electrons
> Embedded Linux and Kernel engineering
> http://free-electrons.com


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