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Date:	Tue, 20 Feb 2007 11:18:56 -0500
From:	Jeff Garzik <jeff@...zik.org>
To:	Mark Brown <broonie@...ena.org.uk>
CC:	Tim Hockin <thockin@...kin.org>, netdev@...r.kernel.org,
	linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org, akpm@...ux-foundation.org
Subject: Re: [patch 1/2] natsemi: Add support for using MII port with no PHY

Mark Brown wrote:
> This patch provides code paths which allow the natsemi driver to use the
> external MII port on the chip but ignore any PHYs that may be attached to it.
> The link state will be left as it was when the driver started and can be
> configured via ethtool.  Any PHYs that are present can be accessed via the MII
> ioctl()s.
> 
> This is useful for systems where the device is connected without a PHY
> or where either information or actions outside the scope of the driver
> are required in order to use the PHYs.
> 
> Signed-Off-By: Mark Brown <broonie@...ena.org.uk>
> 
> ---
> 
> This revision of the patch fixes some issues brought up during review.
> 
> Previous versions of this patch exposed the new functionality as a module
> option.  This has been removed.  Any hardware that needs this should be
> identifiable by a quirk since it unlikely to behave correctly with an
> unmodified driver.

applied 1-2


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