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Date:	Tue, 28 Jul 2009 11:01:14 +0800
From:	Eric Miao <eric.y.miao@...il.com>
To:	Marek Vasut <marek.vasut@...il.com>
CC:	linux-arm-kernel@...ts.arm.linux.org.uk,
	Russell King - ARM Linux <linux@....linux.org.uk>,
	samuel@...tiz.org, netdev@...r.kernel.org,
	Alexander Beregalov <a.beregalov@...il.com>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] pxaficp-ir - remove incorrect net_device_ops

Marek Vasut wrote:
> Hi!
> 
> This patch fixes broken pxaficp-ir. The problem was in incorrect
> net_device_ops being specified which prevented the driver from
> operating. The symptoms were:
>  - failing ifconfig for IrLAN, resulting in
> 	SIOCSIFFLAGS: Cannot assign requested address
>  - irattach working for IrCOMM, but the port stayed disabled
> 
> Moreover this patch corrects missing sysfs device link.
> 
> btw. guys, be honest, when did you last tested pxaficp-ir on real hardware? ;-)
> 

Well, this seems to be brought by the net_device_ops change, which seems
to happen silently without any of us being notified.

OK, netdev and Alex are copied, so that we can look into this issue a bit
deeper:

1. it looks to me that SIOCSIFFLAGS actually returned -EADDRNOTAVAIL, which
   is likely caused by eth_validate_addr, the default eth_addr comes with
   irda should be "00:00:00:00:00:00" if not explicitly specified (kzalloc),
   and this should be the problem, solution ?  Either give a valid address
   to the irda net_device or remove this 'ndo_validate_addr'. And which is
   a correct fix will impact on the .ndo_set_mac_address

2. '.ndo_change_mtu' ? It looks to me that Irda device doesn't care too much
   about the MTU, eth_change_mtu is supposed to work just fine and not to
   cause any side effects, and may just benefit later irda device drivers if
   there is a weird device happens to care about MTU

- eric

Marek's original patch in attachment.

View attachment "0001-pxaficp-ir-remove-incorrect-net_device_ops.patch" of type "text/x-diff" (1521 bytes)

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