Re: [PATCH] mvneta: add FIXED_PHY dependency

From: Russell King - ARM Linux
Date: Mon Nov 09 2015 - 12:08:54 EST

On Mon, Nov 09, 2015 at 05:57:43PM +0100, Arnd Bergmann wrote:
> I'm not sure what you are asking. A lot of DT bindings have both
> optional and mandatory properties. For mvneta, the "phy" and "phy-mode"
> properties are listed as mandatory, so the driver can safely assume
> that they are always present. If there are reasons to leave them out,
> and for the driver to handle that case correctly, the binding
> should be updated to mark them as optional.

They are "optional" because when you're using a DSA switch, you don't
specify a PHY (because, there isn't one). For example, this is what
I'm using with an Armada 388 board with a Marvell DSA switch. The
DSA does not appear as a PHY, and no node in the DSA stanza can be
referenced for a phy entry in the ethernet device's stanza.

eth1: ethernet@30000 {
compatible = "marvell,armada-370-neta";
reg = <0x30000 0x4000>;
interrupts-extended = <&mpic 10>;
clocks = <&gateclk 3>;
managed = "in-band-status";
phy-mode = "sgmii";
status = "okay";

dsa@0 {
compatible = "marvell,dsa";
dsa,ethernet = <&eth1>;
dsa,mii-bus = <&mdio>;
pinctrl-0 = <&clearfog_dsa0_clk_pins &clearfog_dsa0_pins>;
pinctrl-names = "default";
#address-cells = <2>;
#size-cells = <0>;

switch@0 {

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