Re: [PATCH 0/2] of: fsl/fman: reuse the fixed node parsing code

From: Stas Sergeev
Date: Tue Aug 11 2015 - 12:59:03 EST

11.08.2015 19:33, Madalin-Cristian Bucur ÐÐÑÐÑ:
+ Joakim, Shaohui

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From: Stas Sergeev [mailto:stsp@xxxxxxx]

08.08.2015 20:32, Florian Fainelli ÐÐÑÐÑ:
CC'ing Stas,

Le 08/05/15 07:42, Madalin Bucur a Ãcrit :
The FMan MAC configuration code needs the speed and duplex
for fixed-link interfaces that is parsed now by the of function
of_phy_register_fixed_link(). This parses the fixed-link parameters but
does not expose to the caller neither the phy_device pointer nor the
status struct where it loads the fixed-link params.
I have only barely touched that code, but IMO both things
are by design. There are some API deficiencies, and so, many
drivers still use of_phy_find_device() to circumvent the encapsulation
and get the phy_device pointer, but this is unlikely a good thing
to do. I even proposed some API extensions, but there was no

By extracting the
fixed-link parsing code from of_phy_register_fixed_link() into a
separate function the parsed values are made available without changing
the existing API. This change also removes a small redundancy in the
previous code calling fixed_phy_register().
Today, the fixed_link is not always fixed.
See for example this patch (already mainlined):
of_phy_is_fixed_link() returns 'true' if you have
managed="in-band-status", and so the SGMII in-band status
can update fixed-link params.

So my question is: why do you even need to know whether
the link is fixed or not? IIRC you can check the phy_device
pointer in the adjust_link callback of of_phy_connect() to get
the current link status values. Why is this not enough for your
task? Maybe the patch description should be updated to include
why the current technique is bad, what is actually fixed by the
I think using the fixed-link DT values directly is not something
to be done. The encapsulation is there for a reason, so maybe
instead we can see what API additions do we need to avoid the
current limitations that force people to use of_phy_find_device()
and other work-arounds.
I need to be able to determine the imposed speed and duplex for fixed link
external PHYs because I need to configure the internal PHY with matching
values. If I do not set the same speed, given the fact that AN needs to be off,
there will be no link and no adjust link to fix things later (and the internal PHY is
not updated by adjust link anyway). I do not have access at the phy pointer at
the time I need the speed and duplex, to retrieve the defaults from there and
I've tried to make the smallest changes that allow me to retrieve those without
modifying existing API.
Why is it important to hide the default values from the MAC driver?
My worry is that the fixed values are not really fixed, and
therefore are not always useful to access directly. It is likely
not a problem for your use-case, as, as you say, the AN is
disabled, but this is probably not the best to do in general.
And also you do:

- err = of_phy_register_fixed_link(mac_node);
- if (err)
+ struct phy_device *phy;
+ mac_dev->fixed_link = kzalloc(sizeof(*mac_dev->fixed_link),
+ if (of_phy_parse_fixed_link(mac_node, mac_dev->fixed_link))
+ goto _return_dev_set_drvdata;
+ phy = fixed_phy_register(PHY_POLL, mac_dev->fixed_link,
+ mac_node);


which means you really want to circumvent the current OF
api quite a lot, without saying why in the patch description.
As such, it may be difficult to review. Could you please write
a more complete description to the patch?

As to your problem: would it be possible to set speed & duplex
after you do of_phy_connect()? It returns the phy_device
pointer, and perhaps you can look into phydev->speed and
phydev->duplex at that point?
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