Re: [PATCH 1/2] add fixed_phy_update_state() - update state of fixed_phy

From: Florian Fainelli
Date: Fri Apr 03 2015 - 15:26:39 EST

On 01/04/15 10:30, Stas Sergeev wrote:
> Currently fixed_phy uses a callback to periodically poll the link state.
> This patch adds the fixed_phy_update_state() API.
> It solves the following problems:
> - On link state interrupt, MAC driver can't update status.
> Instead it needs to provide the callback to periodically query
> the HW about the link state. It is more efficient to update status
> after interrupt.
> - The callback needs to be unregistered before phy_disconnect(),
> or otherwise it will be called with net_dev==NULL. phy_disconnect()
> does not have enough info to unregister the callback automatically.
> - The callback needs to be registered before of_phy_connect() to
> avoid running with outdated state, but of_phy_connect() returns the
> phy_device pointer, which is needed to register the callback. Registering
> it before of_phy_connect() will therefore require a hack to get the
> pointer earlier.
> Overall, this addition makes the subsequent patch that implements
> SGMII link status for mvneta, much cleaner.

Agreed, now that we have that, we should probably just remove the
ability to have a fixed link update callback since it suffers from all
the deficiencies you outlined above, and is creating some overhead by
polling the hardware.

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