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Date:   Sun, 24 Feb 2019 16:39:30 +0100
From:   Heiner Kallweit <hkallweit1@...il.com>
To:     Russell King - ARM Linux admin <linux@...linux.org.uk>
Cc:     Andrew Lunn <andrew@...n.ch>,
        Florian Fainelli <f.fainelli@...il.com>,
        "netdev@...r.kernel.org" <netdev@...r.kernel.org>
Subject: Re: No traffic with Marvell switch and latest linux-next

On 24.02.2019 16:34, Russell King - ARM Linux admin wrote:
> On Sun, Feb 24, 2019 at 04:28:32PM +0100, Heiner Kallweit wrote:
>> On 24.02.2019 16:15, Russell King - ARM Linux admin wrote:
>>> On Sun, Feb 24, 2019 at 04:04:03PM +0100, Andrew Lunn wrote:
>>>>> I think what's not correct is that phydev->autoneg is set
>>>>> (by phy_device_create) for a fixed link.
>>>>
>>>> Fixed-link tries to emulate auto-neg:
>>>>
>>>>                 bmsr |= BMSR_LSTATUS | BMSR_ANEGCOMPLETE;
>>>>
>>>> Maybe it needs better emulation of auto-neg?
>>>
>>> Or maybe it needs to represent a fixed-speed PHY by clearing bit 1.3
>>> (BMSR_ANEGCAPABLE).  In any case, 0.12 (BMCR_ANENABLE) is not set,
>>> so according to 802.3-2015, we should not be setting 1.5
>>> (BMSR_ANEGCOMPLETE).
>>>
>>> However, swphy does try to emulate autonegotiation - we do have cases
>>> where swphy is used in situations where the speed and duplex are not
>>> fixed.  It returns an emulated link partner advertisement for the
>>> current speed, which would suggest that we should set BMCR_ANENABLE.
>>>
>> If we emulate auto-neg, then it's not needed to set the speed bits
>> in BMCR. Also what just comes to my mind, certain speeds like 1000BaseT
>> don't support forced mode. So we may have to go with auto-neg.
> 
> Sure.
> 
>> To avoid the original issue it should be sufficient to copy
>> supported -> advertising at a suited place.
> 
Sorry, seems this wasn't clear enough. I don't mean to change
swphy but the user side.

> Why bother - the software PHY emulation is an emulation to allow
> existing userspace that pre-dates the ethtool API to get some link
> parameters.  If we augment the PHY emulation in non-standard ways,
> userspace will need to be updated to handle those non-standard
> ways.  If userspace needs to be updated, why not just bite the
> bullet and update to ethtool APIs rather than adding more
> complication through an emulation layer?
> 
It's not only userspace. Based on my limited knowledge of DSA this
code also uses e.g. genphy_read_status() with a fixed link.

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