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Date:	Sun, 4 May 2014 20:43:51 +0200
From:	Francois Romieu <>
To:	Darek Marcinkiewicz <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH v5 1/1] Driver for Beckhoff CX5020 EtherCAT master module.

Darek Marcinkiewicz <> :
> On Sat, May 03, 2014 at 01:40:29PM +0200, Francois Romieu wrote:
> Thank you. I am attaching 2 of thse to this repsonse - the other two 
> are no longer relevant due to the changes I made into the driver.
> One of the attached patches is slightly modfied by simply having one hunk
> removed (that hunk was applying to the code that was removed in next rev 
> of the driver). Not sure how to proceed with those patches, shall I simply
> sent out these patches to this list as a separate messages?

You should submit a complete series if you want them separated - git
format-patch does wonders here - or include these directly in your own
patch as I don't really care for the credit.

> I have changed the code to use much modest value - it is set to be of the
> size of the fifo now. I think that this value is much better, but of course
> having this configurable would be even better.

(see ethtool_ops.[gs]et_ringparam)

> No, there is really no interrupt, hence the timer. Also on this device I wouldn't 
> expect any bursts of data. What happens here, during regular operation of the 
> device, is a periodic exchange of (few) ethernet packets between host cpu and
> terminals attached to the EtherCAT bus. As for the locking on the tx path,
> I have removed that completely on receiving path. I simply didn't know 
> that it is such a big no-no here :)


Regarding tx_dnext updates, you may add a short notice in ec_bhf_start_xmit
and ec_bhf_process_tx explaining that the periodic poller will somehow end
working with the right value, whence no (smp_)barrier at all.

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