[PATCH net-next v4 2/2] net: stmmac: dwmac-meson8b: make the RGMII TX delay configurable

Martin Blumenstingl martin.blumenstingl at googlemail.com
Mon Jan 9 09:37:31 PST 2017

Hi David,

On Sun, Dec 18, 2016 at 5:13 PM, Martin Blumenstingl
<martin.blumenstingl at googlemail.com> wrote:
> On Sun, Dec 18, 2016 at 4:49 PM, David Miller <davem at davemloft.net> wrote:
>> From: Martin Blumenstingl <martin.blumenstingl at googlemail.com>
>> Date: Sat, 17 Dec 2016 19:21:19 +0100
>>> Prior to this patch we were using a hardcoded RGMII TX clock delay of
>>> 2ns (= 1/4 cycle of the 125MHz RGMII TX clock). This value works for
>>> many boards, but unfortunately not for all (due to the way the actual
>>> circuit is designed, sometimes because the TX delay is enabled in the
>>> PHY, etc.). Making the TX delay on the MAC side configurable allows us
>>> to support all possible hardware combinations.
>>> This allows fixing a compatibility issue on some boards, where the
>>> RTL8211F PHY is configured to generate the TX delay. We can now turn
>>> off the TX delay in the MAC, because otherwise we would be applying the
>>> delay twice (which results in non-working TX traffic).
>>> Signed-off-by: Martin Blumenstingl <martin.blumenstingl at googlemail.com>
>>> Tested-by: Neil Armstrong <narmstrong at baylibre.com>
>> Is this really the safest thing to do?
>> If you say the existing hard-coded setting of 1/4 cycle works on most
>> boards, and what you're trying to do is override it with an OF
>> property value for boards where the existing setting does not work,
>> then you _must_ use a default value that corresponds to what the
>> existing code does not when you don't see this new OF property.
> it's a bit more complicated in reality: 1/4 cycle works when the TX
> delay of the RTL8211F PHY is turned off (until recently it was always
> enabled for phy-mode RGMII).
>> So please retain the current behavior of the 1/4 cycle TX delay
>> setting when you don't see the amlogic,tx-delay-ns property.
>> I really think you risk breaking existing boards by not doing so,
>> unless you can have this patch tested on every such board that exists
>> and I don't think you really can feasibly and rigorously do that.
> there's a patch in my follow-up series which adds the 2ns to the .dts
> for all RGMII based boards: [0] (and I would keep these even if we had
> a default value, just to make it explicit and thus easier to
> understand for other people).
> however, we can add the 2ns default back (I can do this if you want -
> Rob Herring was unhappy with the missing documentation of this default
> value [1] - so note to myself: take care of that as well). but then we
> have to decide when to apply this default value: only when we're in
> RGMII mode or also in any of the RGMII_*ID modes?
> please let me know how we should proceed
gentle ping - what is your opinion on this?


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