Re: [PATCH 3/3] ARM: zynq: DT: Add Ethernet phys

From: Florian Fainelli
Date: Mon Aug 25 2014 - 16:22:02 EST

On 08/25/2014 10:46 AM, Jason Gunthorpe wrote:
> On Fri, Aug 22, 2014 at 01:47:09PM -0700, Florian Fainelli wrote:
>>> - the ID based strings seem to be not needed since, IIUC, the core
>>> reads the ID from the PHY and uses it, so I just left it out not
>>> trying to figure out how to obtain the correct ID
>> It is not needed, but it is one way to specify a PHY device if you do
>> not know what compatible string to use instead.
> No, it is a way to specify a PHY device if the kernel can't auto probe
> the Phy ID.
> Last I checked, the kernel doesn't support plain text compatible
> strings for phys - everything is driven on the phy id, either auto
> probed or specified in the DT.

That's right. Some PHY drivers might be relying on specific compatible
strings though, but not the core PHY library that probes and maps a
driver to a PHY node.

>>> - the marvell compatible strings are used in our vendor tree. They
>>> aren't used anywhere but in our vendor tree. I though keeping them is
>>> nice since it identifies the PHY fully. And in case that level of
>>> detail is needed at some point it is already there.
>> And this is the recommended way to do it in case we ever need to key a
>> software decision based on the hardware.
> All compatible strings need to be documented.
> .. and they need to encode more information than you get from the phy
> id - die revsision, package option, functional options, voltage
> codes. Etc.
> .. and they actually need to be *right*


> An example: The kernel reports 88E1318S for all four chips in that
> family, AFAIK you have to read the package marking to figure out which
> you have (it is the same die, with options switched on/off at
> packaging time). People have already posted patches trying to
> helpfully add a 'marvell,88E1318S' compatible string based on kernel
> output. Except it is wrong, it isn't actually the '8S version in the
> HW.
> Even worse, Marvell has a whole series of socket compatible phys. Just
> because the board the DT author looked at has a '318, doesn't mean
> that every board ever made will. We've actually already been switching
> between the 318 and 318S for production depending on which has part
> availability.
> Basically: don't try to override self-discoverable hardware in DT
> without a really good reason.

I think that's a very good point, at the very least let's use a
compatible string that contains the full 32-bits PHY OUI.

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