[PATCH RFC net-next 1/5] net: dsa: mt7530: Convert to PHYLINK API

Vladimir Oltean olteanv at gmail.com
Wed Jun 26 01:46:15 PDT 2019


On Wed, 26 Jun 2019 at 10:42, Russell King - ARM Linux admin
<linux at armlinux.org.uk> wrote:
>
> On Wed, Jun 26, 2019 at 02:10:27AM +0300, Vladimir Oltean wrote:
> > On Wed, 26 Jun 2019 at 01:58, Russell King - ARM Linux admin
> > <linux at armlinux.org.uk> wrote:
> > >
> > > On Wed, Jun 26, 2019 at 01:14:59AM +0300, Vladimir Oltean wrote:
> > > > On Wed, 26 Jun 2019 at 00:53, Russell King - ARM Linux admin
> > > > <linux at armlinux.org.uk> wrote:
> > > > >
> > > > > On Tue, Jun 25, 2019 at 11:24:01PM +0300, Vladimir Oltean wrote:
> > > > > > Hi Russell,
> > > > > >
> > > > > > On 6/24/19 6:39 PM, Russell King - ARM Linux admin wrote:
> > > > > > > This should be removed - state->link is not for use in mac_config.
> > > > > > > Even in fixed mode, the link can be brought up/down by means of a
> > > > > > > gpio, and this should be dealt with via the mac_link_* functions.
> > > > > > >
> > > > > >
> > > > > > What do you mean exactly that state->link is not for use, is that true in
> > > > > > general?
> > > > >
> > > > > Yes.  mac_config() should not touch it; it is not always in a defined
> > > > > state.  For example, if you set modes via ethtool (the
> > > > > ethtool_ksettings_set API) then state->link will probably contain
> > > > > zero irrespective of the true link state.
> > > > >
> > > >
> > > > Experimentally, state->link is zero at the same time as state->speed
> > > > is -1, so just ignoring !state->link made sense. This is not in-band
> > > > AN. What is your suggestion? Should I proceed to try and configure the
> > > > MAC for SPEED_UNKNOWN?
> > >
> > > What would you have done with a PHY when the link is down, what speed
> > > would you have configured in the phylib adjust_link callback?  phylib
> > > also sets SPEED_UNKNOWN/DUPLEX_UNKNOWN when the link is down.
> > >
> >
> > With phylib, I'd make the driver ignore the speed and do nothing.
> > With phylink, I'd make the core not call mac_config.
> > But what happened is I saw phylink call mac_config anyway, said
> > 'weird' and proceeded to ignore it as I would have for phylib.
> > I'm just not understanding your position - it seems like you're
> > implying there's a bug in phylink and the function call with
> > MLO_AN_FIXED, state->link=0 and state->speed=-1 should not have taken
> > place, which is what I wanted to confirm.
>
> It is not a bug.  It is a request to configure the MAC, and what it's
> saying is "we don't know what speed and/or duplex".
>
> Take for instance when the network adapter is brought up initially.
> The link is most likely down, but we should configure the initial MAC
> operating parameters (such as the PHY interface).  Phylink makes a
> mac_config() call with the speed and duplex set to UNKNOWN.
>
> Using your theory, we shouldn't be making that call.  In which case,
> MAC drivers aren't going to initially configure their interface
> settings.
>
> _That_ would be a bug.
>

So you're saying that:
- state->link should not be checked, because it is not guaranteed to be valid
- state->speed, state->duplex, state->pause *should* be checked,
because it is not guaranteed to be valid
Is state->interface always valid?
I don't think I follow the pattern here. Or shouldn't I check speed,
duplex and pause either, and try to pass the MAC UNKNOWN values,
inevitably failing at some point? Do Marvell MACs have an UNKNOWN
setting?


> > It's unlikely that it would switch between SGMII and USXGMII
> > > dynamically, as USXGMII supports speeds from 10G down to 10M.
> > >
> > > Where interface mode switching tends to be used is with modes such
> > > as 10GBASE-R, which doesn't support anything except 10G.  In order
> > > for the PHY to operate at slower speeds, it has a few options:
> > >
> > > 1) perform rate adaption.
> > > 2) dynamically switch interface type to an interface type that
> > >    supports the desired speed.
> > > 3) just not support slower speeds.
> > >
> >
> > So am I reading this correctly - it kind of makes sense for gigabit
> > MAC drivers to not check for the MII interface changing protocol?
>
> Again, that's incorrect in the general case.  Gigabit includes SGMII
> and 802.3z PHY protocols which need to be switched between for SFPs.
>
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Thanks,
-Vladimir



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