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Date:	Sun, 21 Jul 2013 15:48:23 +0100
From:	Ben Hutchings <>
To:	Or Gerlitz <>
CC:	Jiri Pirko <>, <>,
	<>, <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH net-next] net: Add phys_port identifier to struct
 net_device and export it to sysfs

On Sun, 2013-07-21 at 14:14 +0300, Or Gerlitz wrote:
> On Sun, Jul 21, 2013 at 10:24 AM, Jiri Pirko <> wrote:
> [...]
> Sorry, I missed that fact that initially you responded on this thread
> > The value could be anything. But note that you have to have different
> > values for card1-port1,2 and card2-port1,2
> why?

The intent is to identify physical ports uniquely, so userland can tell
whether two devices are backed by the same physical port.

But there's no requirement on the format, so you could ensure that one
byte of this identifier is the port number on the board.


Ben Hutchings, Staff Engineer, Solarflare
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