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Date:   Wed, 27 Feb 2019 09:43:54 +0100
From:   Michal Simek <michal.simek@...inx.com>
To:     Michal Simek <michal.simek@...inx.com>,
        Paul Kocialkowski <paul.kocialkowski@...tlin.com>,
        Andrew Lunn <andrew@...n.ch>,
        Harini Katakam <harinik@...inx.com>
CC:     Florian Fainelli <f.fainelli@...il.com>, <netdev@...r.kernel.org>,
        <linux-arm-kernel@...ts.infradead.org>,
        <linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org>,
        "David S . Miller" <davem@...emloft.net>,
        Thomas Petazzoni <thomas.petazzoni@...tlin.com>,
        Heiner Kallweit <hkallweit1@...il.com>
Subject: Re: [PATCH RESEND net] net: phy: xgmiitorgmii: Support generic PHY
 status read

On 21. 02. 19 12:03, Michal Simek wrote:
> On 21. 02. 19 11:24, Paul Kocialkowski wrote:
>> Hi,
>>
>> On Wed, 2019-02-20 at 07:58 +0100, Michal Simek wrote:
>>> Hi,
>>>
>>> On 19. 02. 19 18:25, Andrew Lunn wrote:
>>>>> Thanks for the suggestion! So I had a closer look at that driver to try
>>>>> and see what could go wrong and it looks like I found a few things
>>>>> there.
>>>>
>>>> Hi Paul
>>>>
>>>> Yes, this driver has issues. If i remember correctly, it got merged
>>>> while i was on vacation. I pointed out a few issues, but the authors
>>>> never responded. Feel free to fix it up.
>>>
>>> Will be good to know who was that person.
>>>
>>> I can't do much this week with this because responsible person for this
>>> driver is out of office this week. That's why please give us some time
>>> to get back to this.
>>
>> Understood. I think we need to start a discussion about how the general
>> design of this driver can be improved.
>>
>> In particular, I wonder if it could work better to make this driver a
>> PHY driver that just redirects all its ops to the actual PHY driver,
>> except for read_status where it should also add some code.
> 
> I didn't take a look at Linux driver but it should work in a way that it
> checks description (more below) and then wait for attached phy to do its
> work and on the way back just setup this bridge based on that.
> 
>> Maybe we could also manage to expose a RGMII PHY mode to the actual PHY
>> this way. Currently, the PHY mode has to be set to GMII for the MAC to
>> be configured correctly, but the PHY also gets this information while
>> it should be told that RGMII is in use. This doesn't seem to play a big
>> role in PHY configuration though, but it's still inadequate.
>>
>> What do you think?
> 
> I stop the driver to be applied to u-boot because exactly this
> gmii/rgmii configuration. There is a need that mac is configured to gmii
> and this needs to be checked but to phy rgmii needs to be exposed.
> I was trying to find out hardware design and board where I can do some
> experiments but didn't find out. That's why I need to wait for
> colleagues to point me to that.

Harini: Can you please respond this thread?

Thanks,
Michal


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