Re: [PATCH] net: phy: allow scanning busses with missing phys

From: Florian Fainelli
Date: Tue Apr 24 2018 - 21:09:32 EST

On 04/24/2018 11:01 AM, Andrew Lunn wrote:
> On Tue, Apr 24, 2018 at 09:37:09AM -0700, Florian Fainelli wrote:
>> On 04/24/2018 09:09 AM, Alexandre Belloni wrote:
>>> Some MDIO busses will error out when trying to read a phy address with no
>>> phy present at that address. In that case, probing the bus will fail
>>> because __mdiobus_register() is scanning the bus for all possible phys
>>> addresses.
>>> In case MII_PHYSID1 returns -EIO or -ENODEV, consider there is no phy at
>>> this address and set the phy ID to 0xffffffff which is then properly
>>> handled in get_phy_device().
>> Humm, why not have your MDIO bus implementation do the scanning itself
>> in a reset() callback, which happens before probing the bus, and based
>> on the results, set phy_mask accordingly such that only PHYs present are
>> populated?
> Hi Florian
> Seems a bit odd have the driver do this, when the core could.

I could see arguments for doing it in either location, if this is done
in the driver, the driver is responsible for knowing what addresses will
respond, which does not seem to big of a stretch. If done by core, we
lift the driver from taking care of that. Either way is fine, really.

>> My only concern with your change is that we are having a special
>> treatment for EIO and ENODEV, so we must make sure MDIO bus drivers are
>> all conforming to that.
> I don't see how it could be a problem. It used to be any error was a
> real error, and would stop the bus from loading. It now means there is
> nothing there. The only possible side effect is an mdio bus driver
> might remain loaded without any devices if all reads return
> ENODEV/EIO, were as before it would probably never load.

Right, though that does not seem to be a big problem.

> Andrew