Re: [PATCH 1/3] net: thunderx: Cleanup PHY probing code.

From: Andrew Lunn
Date: Fri Mar 11 2016 - 14:06:52 EST

> >I don't see why it should wait around forever. I have boards with
> >Marvell PHYs, yet if i don't build the Marvell driver, the Ethernet
> >driver still loads, because the generic PHY driver is used instead.
> >Why does this not work here?
> As I said before, there is no driver for the device, so
> of_phy_find_device() will always return NULL.

I'm not yet convinced this is true. I really do expect that the
generic PHY driver will bind to it. It might then go horribly wrong,
because it is not standard compliant, but that is a different issue.

The generic driver should probably have a black list for such devices.
This is a PHY issue, not an MDIO issue, and the problem should be
solved in the PHY layer, not in one MDIO driver.

We should also consider what happens when somebody actually writes a
driver for this PHY. Are you not going to use it?

Before this patchset, you did not special case this compatible
string. So at the very least, you need to split this into a separate
patch, so the maintainers can ACK/NACK it, independent of the other
change it is embedded in.