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Date:	Tue, 28 Feb 2012 14:32:49 +0100
From:	Roland Stigge <stigge@...com.de>
To:	David Laight <David.Laight@...LAB.COM>
CC:	baruch@...s.co.il, alexander.h.duyck@...el.com,
	ian.campbell@...rix.com, netdev@...r.kernel.org,
	eilong@...adcom.com, Kevin Wells <kevin.wells@....com>,
	Wolfram Sang <w.sang@...gutronix.de>,
	jeffrey.t.kirsher@...el.com, linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org,
	linux-arm-kernel@...ts.infradead.org, Arnd Bergmann <arnd@...db.de>
Subject: Re: [PATCH v2] ARM: LPC32xx: Ethernet driver

Hi,

On 02/28/2012 02:11 PM, David Laight wrote:
>> Thanks for the note! I actually found out that in many cases, the
>> bootloader already initialized the hardware with the target 
>> MAC address so we can use this one.
>>
>> For the case that it _isn't_ initialized already, is it the right
> thing
>> to use a hard coded default MAC address to be replaced by the final
> one
>> in userspace? (I found such examples in some current micrel/ and amd/
> drivers.)
> 
> Using a fixed address is a very bad idea ...

Yes, that's why we previously had a cmdline param for it (but removed it
upon request from the netdev maintainer).

So if the hardware defaults to 00:00:00:00:00:00, what is the
"consistent policy we want to enforce in all drivers"?

A link or hint would be sufficient.

Thanks in advance,

Roland
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