Re: [PATCH] Topcliff PHUB: Generate PacketHub driver

From: Andy Isaacson
Date: Wed Jun 30 2010 - 14:28:34 EST

On Wed, Jun 30, 2010 at 02:58:25PM +0900, Masayuki Ohtake wrote:
> > > + unsigned int i;
> > > + void __iomem *p = pch_phub_reg.pch_phub_base_address;
> > > +
> > > + dev_dbg(&pdev->dev, "pch_phub_restore_reg_conf ENTRY\n");
> > > + /* to store contents of PHUB_ID register */
> > > + iowrite32(pch_phub_reg.phub_id_reg, p + PCH_PHUB_PHUB_ID_REG);
> >
> > Don't include comments that just duplicate the code. Also, rename your
> > constants from PCH_PHUB_PHUB_ to, I dunno, PHUB_ or something.
> Sorry, I can't understand your intention.
> Please give us more information.

My mistake, I merged two comments into one paragraph, let me clarify.

1. When writing comments, do not write comments that duplicate the code.
Instead of writing
/* store PHUB_ID */
/* store PHUB_FOO */
you should delete the line-by-line comments and just write

2. your register names are very long. Since the #define names are
private to this driver, there's no need to make them extremely
descriptive. Instead of naming your registers
PCH_PHUB_PHUB_ID_REG, you should change the names to be shorter, like
PHUB_ID_REG or PCH_ID_REG. This will make your source code much more
readable by reducing linewrapping.

> > I seriously doubt that your device is special enough to warrant a custom
> > /dev node with proprietary semantics. If this is just part of an
> > Ethernet driver, please implement it in drivers/net/; if this is a
> > generic PROM accessor, there must be some semi-standardized EPROM access
> > interface but I don't know what it is offhand.
> Since SROM is not in GbE HW but Phub HW, Phub is not part of Ethernet driver.
> Packet hub is not generic driver but special device.

It sounds like PHUB is a system-level device which provides access to a
SROM which contains GbE configuration data. If that is correct, then I
have two comments:

1. There are many other systems with similar configurations -- MIPS
SiByte, Alpha SRM, SPARC OpenFirmware, and some ARM systems, just to
name a few. None of them expose the SROM as a custom /dev node AFAIK.
Is there a shared infrastructure that you can implement?

2. How does your GbE driver get the MAC address from the SPROM? If
there is an in-kernel user of the PHUB interface, it might be much
easier to understand the design.

Thanks for responding to my review so quickly!
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