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Date:	Tue, 14 Oct 2014 12:01:18 -0700
From:	dom <>
To:	<>, <>
Subject: ixgbe: Question about Flow Control on 10G


I have a question about the ixgbe driver's handling of 'ethtool -a ethX' 
when the NIC is using fibre.

Specifically I don't understand the code introduced by this commit:

commit 73d80953dfd1d5a92948005798c857c311c2834b
Author: Don Skidmore <>
Date:   Wed Jul 31 02:19:24 2013 +0000
Subject: ixgbe: fix fc autoneg ethtool reporting.

The function introduced the function:

which gets called by ixgbe_get_pauseparam()/ixgbe_set_pauseparam().

specifically there is a  case in ixgbe_device_supports_autoneg_fc()

     case ixgbe_media_type_fiber_qsfp:
     case ixgbe_media_type_fiber:
         hw->mac.ops.check_link(hw, &speed, &link_up, false);
         /* if link is down, assume supported */
         if (link_up)
             supported = speed == IXGBE_LINK_SPEED_1GB_FULL ?
                 true : false;

If link_up=1 then why is supported only true for a 

Why is Flow Control not  supported for IXGBE_LINK_SPEED_10GB_FULL ?

I have search through the 82599 spec, but I can't find a reason.
Please can anyone help me understand ?

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