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Date:   Wed, 29 Apr 2020 12:26:12 +0200
From:   "Rafael J. Wysocki" <rafael@...nel.org>
To:     Calvin Johnson <calvin.johnson@....nxp.com>
Cc:     Russell King - ARM Linux admin <linux@...linux.org.uk>,
        "Rafael J. Wysocki" <rjw@...ysocki.net>,
        Len Brown <lenb@...nel.org>, linux.cj@...il.com,
        Jeremy Linton <jeremy.linton@....com>,
        Andrew Lunn <andrew@...n.ch>,
        Andy Shevchenko <andy.shevchenko@...il.com>,
        Florian Fainelli <f.fainelli@...il.com>,
        Cristi Sovaiala <cristian.sovaiala@....com>,
        Florin Laurentiu Chiculita <florinlaurentiu.chiculita@....com>,
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        Madalin Bucur <madalin.bucur@....nxp.com>,
        Greg Kroah-Hartman <gregkh@...uxfoundation.org>,
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        Laurentiu Tudor <laurentiu.tudor@....com>,
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        "Rajesh V . Bikkina" <rajesh.bikkina@....com>,
        Varun Sethi <V.Sethi@....com>,
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        Pankaj Bansal <pankaj.bansal@....com>,
        "David S. Miller" <davem@...emloft.net>,
        Heiner Kallweit <hkallweit1@...il.com>
Subject: Re: [net-next PATCH v2 0/3] Introduce new APIs to support phylink and
 phy layers

On Wed, Apr 29, 2020 at 7:38 AM Calvin Johnson
<calvin.johnson@....nxp.com> wrote:
>
> On Mon, Apr 27, 2020 at 03:48:07PM +0100, Russell King - ARM Linux admin wrote:
> > On Mon, Apr 27, 2020 at 08:02:38PM +0530, Calvin Johnson wrote:
> > > On Mon, Apr 27, 2020 at 02:58:20PM +0100, Russell King - ARM Linux admin wrote:
> > > > On Mon, Apr 27, 2020 at 06:54:06PM +0530, Calvin Johnson wrote:
> > > > > Following functions are defined:
> > > > >   phylink_fwnode_phy_connect()
> > > > >   phylink_device_phy_connect()
> > > > >   fwnode_phy_find_device()
> > > > >   device_phy_find_device()
> > > > >   fwnode_get_phy_node()
> > > > >
> > > > > First two help in connecting phy to phylink instance.
> > > > > Next two help in finding a phy on a mdiobus.
> > > > > Last one helps in getting phy_node from a fwnode.
> > > > >
> > > > > Changes in v2:
> > > > >   move phy code from base/property.c to net/phy/phy_device.c
> > > > >   replace acpi & of code to get phy-handle with fwnode_find_reference
> > > > >   replace of_ and acpi_ code with generic fwnode to get phy-handle.
> > > > >
> > > > > Calvin Johnson (3):
> > > > >   device property: Introduce phy related fwnode functions
> > > > >   net: phy: alphabetically sort header includes
> > > > >   phylink: Introduce phylink_fwnode_phy_connect()
> > > >
> > > > Thanks for this, but there's more work that needs to be done here.  I
> > > > also think that we must have an ack from ACPI people before this can be
> > > > accepted - you are in effect proposing a new way for representing PHYs
> > > > in ACPI.
> > >
> > > Thanks for your review.
> > >
> > > Agree that we need an ack from ACPI people.
> > > However, I don't think it is a completely new way as similar acpi approach to
> > > get phy-handle is already in place.
> > > Please see this:
> > > https://elixir.bootlin.com/linux/v5.7-rc3/source/drivers/net/ethernet/apm/xgene/xgene_enet_hw.c#L832
> >
> > That was added by:
> >
> > commit 8089a96f601bdfe3e1b41d14bb703aafaf1b8f34
> > Author: Iyappan Subramanian <isubramanian@....com>
> > Date:   Mon Jul 25 17:12:41 2016 -0700
> >
> >     drivers: net: xgene: Add backward compatibility
> >
> >     This patch adds xgene_enet_check_phy_hanlde() function that checks whether
> >     MDIO driver is probed successfully and sets pdata->mdio_driver to true.
> >     If MDIO driver is not probed, ethernet driver falls back to backward
> >     compatibility mode.
> >
> >     Since enum xgene_enet_cmd is used by MDIO driver, removing this from
> >     ethernet driver.
> >
> >     Signed-off-by: Iyappan Subramanian <isubramanian@....com>
> >     Tested-by: Fushen Chen <fchen@....com>
> >     Tested-by: Toan Le <toanle@....com>
> >     Signed-off-by: David S. Miller <davem@...emloft.net>
> >
> > The commit message says nothing about adding ACPI stuff, and searching
> > the 'net for the posting of this patch seems to suggest that it wasn't
> > obviously copied to any ACPI people:
> >
> >     https://lists.openwall.net/netdev/2016/07/26/11
> >
> > Annoyingly, searching for:
> >
> >     "drivers: net: xgene: Add backward compatibility" site:lore.kernel.org
> >
> > doesn't find it on lore, so can't get the full headers and therefore
> > addresses.
> >
> > So, yes, there's another driver using it, but the ACPI folk probably
> > never got a look-in on that instance.  Even if they had been copied,
> > the patch description is probably sufficiently poor that they wouldn't
> > have read the patch.
> >
> > I'd say there's questions over whether ACPI people will find this an
> > acceptable approach.
> >
> > Given that your patch moves this from one driver to a subsystem thing,
> > it needs to be ratified by ACPI people, because it's effectively
> > becoming a standardised way to represent a PHY in ACPI.
>
> How can we get attention/response from ACPI people?

This is in my queue, but the processing of this has been slow for a
while, sorry about that.

If you have a new version of the series, please submit it, otherwise
ping me in a couple of days if I don't respond to the patches in the
meantime.

Thanks!

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