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Date:   Fri, 10 Aug 2018 09:22:05 +0300
From:   Anssi Hannula <>
To:     Andrew Lunn <>
Cc:     Claudiu Beznea <>,
        Nicolas Ferre <>,
        "David S. Miller" <>,
Subject: Re: [PATCH] net: macb: do not disable MDIO bus when closing interface

On 9.8.2018 18:14, Andrew Lunn wrote:
> Hi Anssi


>> macb_reset_hw() is called in init path too, though, so maybe clearing
>> all bits is intentional / wanted to get the controller to a known state,
>> even though the comment only mentions TX/RX?
> You need to be careful here. Once of_mdiobus_register() is called, the
> MDIO should be usable. If you happen to have an Ethernet switch on the
> bus, it could be probed then. The DSA driver will start using the bus.
> Or if you have a second PHY, connected to some other MAC, it could be
> used by the other MAC.  This all happens in the macb_probe function.
> Sometime later, the interface will be up'ed. At this point macb_open()
> is called, which calls macb_init_hw(), which calls
> macb_reset_hw(). What you don't want happening is changes to the NCR
> at this point breaking an MDIO transaction which might be going on.
> Ideally, the MPE should be enabled before of_mdiobus_register(), and
> left alone until mdiobus_unregister() is called in macb_remove().

Yep, fixing the use case of having PHYs of other MACs is why I wrote the
patch :)

Currently the reset code disables MPE while other MACs are using PHYs on
the bus.

Anssi Hannula / Bitwise Oy
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