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Date:	Tue, 28 Feb 2012 15:53:30 +0000
From:	Ben Hutchings <bhutchings@...arflare.com>
To:	Arnd Bergmann <arnd@...db.de>
CC:	Roland Stigge <stigge@...com.de>,
	David Laight <David.Laight@...lab.com>, <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>
Subject: Re: [PATCH v2] ARM: LPC32xx: Ethernet driver

On Tue, 2012-02-28 at 13:41 +0000, Arnd Bergmann wrote:
> On Tuesday 28 February 2012, Roland Stigge wrote:
> > 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.
> 
> I think the most common strategy for platform drivers these days is
> 
> 1. use what the hardware provides
> 2. call of_get_mac_address(dev->of_node, ...)
> 3. use random_ether_addr

The 3rd option should now be eth_hw_addr_random().

Ben.

> in that order. of_get_mac_address just returns NULL when there
> is no device tree or no local-mac-address property, so you can
> put it into the driver right away.
> 
> 	Arnd
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