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Date:   Sun, 27 Nov 2016 18:45:13 -0800
From:   Florian Fainelli <f.fainelli@...il.com>
To:     netdev@...r.kernel.org
Cc:     davem@...emloft.net, andrew@...n.ch, sf84@...oste.net,
        martin.blumenstingl@...glemail.com, mans@...sr.com,
        alexandre.torgue@...com, peppe.cavallaro@...com,
        timur@...eaurora.org, jbrunet@...libre.com,
        Florian Fainelli <f.fainelli@...il.com>
Subject: [PATCH net-next v3 2/4] Documentation: net: phy: Add a paragraph about pause frames/flow control

Describe that the Ethernet MAC controller is ultimately responsible for
dealing with proper pause frames/flow control advertisement and
enabling, and that it is therefore allowed to have it change
phydev->supported/advertising with SUPPORTED_Pause and
SUPPORTED_AsymPause.

Reviewed-by: Martin Blumenstingl <martin.blumenstingl@...glemail.com>
Signed-off-by: Florian Fainelli <f.fainelli@...il.com>
---
 Documentation/networking/phy.txt | 18 ++++++++++++++++--
 1 file changed, 16 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

diff --git a/Documentation/networking/phy.txt b/Documentation/networking/phy.txt
index 4b25c0f24201..9a42a9414cea 100644
--- a/Documentation/networking/phy.txt
+++ b/Documentation/networking/phy.txt
@@ -127,8 +127,9 @@ Letting the PHY Abstraction Layer do Everything
  values pruned from them which don't make sense for your controller (a 10/100
  controller may be connected to a gigabit capable PHY, so you would need to
  mask off SUPPORTED_1000baseT*).  See include/linux/ethtool.h for definitions
- for these bitfields. Note that you should not SET any bits, or the PHY may
- get put into an unsupported state.
+ for these bitfields. Note that you should not SET any bits, except the
+ SUPPORTED_Pause and SUPPORTED_AsymPause bits (see below), or the PHY may get
+ put into an unsupported state.
 
  Lastly, once the controller is ready to handle network traffic, you call
  phy_start(phydev).  This tells the PAL that you are ready, and configures the
@@ -139,6 +140,19 @@ Letting the PHY Abstraction Layer do Everything
  When you want to disconnect from the network (even if just briefly), you call
  phy_stop(phydev).
 
+Pause frames / flow control
+
+ The PHY does not participate directly in flow control/pause frames except by
+ making sure that the SUPPORTED_Pause and SUPPORTED_AsymPause bits are set in
+ MII_ADVERTISE to indicate towards the link partner that the Ethernet MAC
+ controller supports such a thing. Since flow control/pause frames generation
+ involves the Ethernet MAC driver, it is recommended that this driver takes care
+ of properly indicating advertisement and support for such features by setting
+ the SUPPORTED_Pause and SUPPORTED_AsymPause bits accordingly. This can be done
+ either before or after phy_connect() and/or as a result of implementing the
+ ethtool::set_pauseparam feature.
+
+
 Keeping Close Tabs on the PAL
 
  It is possible that the PAL's built-in state machine needs a little help to
-- 
2.9.3

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