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Date:	Thu, 24 Mar 2016 15:36:23 -0700
From:	Florian Fainelli <>
Subject: RE: [PATCH net-next,V2] Add LAN9352 Ethernet Driver

On March 24, 2016 2:16:30 PM PDT, wrote:
>> -----Original Message-----
>Hi Andrew,
>Sorry to bother you with this. But I'm having major difficulty with
>getting my dsa driver entry points called.
>Here is what I've done so far.
>I copied drivers/net/dsa/mv88x6060.c into
>I then modified mchp9352_dsa.c as follows
>I emptied out the function bodies, and replaced them with a printk("Not
>I did the same thing with net/dsa/tag_trailer.c which was copied into
>And function bodies were replaced with printk("Not Implemented\n");
>I also modified net/dsa/dsa.c, and net/dsa/slave.c, to include the
>hooks into my new tag files.
>My intent was to just see one of my "Not Implemented" functions called,
>and then I would focus on implementing it.
>But so far I have not seen any of my "Not Implemented" functions
>Here is what I know so far.
>It appears the dsa.c is not able to attach my underlying net device.
>And that seems to be due to it is unable to find the mdio_bus. 
>So I modified my net device driver so that in probe it calls
>of_mdiobus_register instead of mdiobus_register.
>And of_mdiobus_register seems to be looking for some kind of phy
>definitions in the device tree, which it does not find. And so it does
>not appear to register the bus in such a way that dsa.c can connect to

If the lan9352 HW has a MDIO bus, which connects to internal switch, or PHYs from the switch, there must be an mii_bus structure allocated and registered to make that available.

>So the problem appears to be an issue with my device tree, which is
>partially shown below.
>&gpmc {
>	status = "okay";
>	ranges = <0 0 0x10000000 0x08000000>;	// CS0: 128M 
>	pinctrl-names = "default";
>	pinctrl-0 = <&gpmc_pins>;
>	lan9352: ethernet@...c {
>		compatible = "microchip,lan9352";
>		interrupt-parent = <&gpio0>;
>		interrupts = <7 8>;//7==GPIO bit 7, 8 = Active low level triggered.
>		bank-width = <2>;
>		phy-mode = "mii";

Having a phy-mode without a phy-handle property or fixed-phy subnode does not sound correct nor useful.

Considering that you are interfaced to a built-in switch a fixed-link subnode is needed to tell the Ethernet MAC about the link parameters. See drivers/net/ethernet/broadcom/bcmsysport.c for an example by grepping for fixed_phy.

>		reg = <0 0 0x10000>;
>		reg-io-width = <4>;
>		microchip,save-mac-address;
>		microchip,irq-push-pull;
>	};
>/ {
>	dsa@0 {
>		compatible = "microchip,dsa";

Did you also update net/dsa/dsa.c so it tries to match this compatible string? DSA is right now a platform device (though there is pending working from Andrew to change that) so we need a way to probe DSA.

>		#address-cells = <2>;
>		#size-cells = <0>;
>		dsa,ethernet = <&lan9352>;

That looks correct.

>		dsa,mii-bus = <&lan9352>;

But not that one, this must point to a device tree node which is a MDIO bus controller. It could be a sub-node to lan9352 provided that there is a way to expose a MDIO bus controller.

Moving forward, with Andrew's latest patches included, this may become entirely optional, but it is not just now.


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