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Date:   Tue, 10 Aug 2021 20:42:45 +0200
From:   Andrew Lunn <>
To:     Guenter Roeck <>
Cc:     Oleksij Rempel <>,
        Heiner Kallweit <>,
        "David S. Miller" <>,
        Jakub Kicinski <>,
        Jean Delvare <>,
        Pengutronix Kernel Team <>,,,
        Marek Vasut <>, David Jander <>,
Subject: Re: [PATCH net-next v1] net: phy: nxp-tja11xx: log critical health

> > I'm not so happy abusing the statistic counters like this. Especially
> > when we have a better API for temperature and voltage: hwmon.
> > 
> > phy_temp_warn maps to hwmon_temp_max_alarm. phy_temp_high maps to
> > either hwmon_temp_crit_alarm or hwmon_temp_emergency_alarm.
> > 
> > The under voltage maps to hwmon_in_lcrit_alarm.
> > 
> FWIW, the statistics counters in this driver are already abused
> (phy_polarity_detect, phy_open_detect, phy_short_detect), so
> I am not sure if adding more abuse makes a difference (and/or
> if such abuse is common for phy drivers in general).

Hi Guenter

Abuse is not common in general. I think this is the only driver
abusing stats to return flags.  At the time those where added, we did
not have phy cable test support. Now we do, i would also suggest that
the driver makes use of that infrastructure to issue a cable test
report. These 'stats' need to stay, since they are ABI, but we should
not add more.

That is also why i said "Especially when we have a better API".


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