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Date:   Sat, 4 May 2019 07:35:22 -0400
From:   Jakub Kicinski <>
To:     Jeff Kirsher <>,
        Alice Michael <>
Cc:,,,, Piotr Marczak <>,
        Don Buchholz <>
Subject: Re: [net-next v2 11/11] i40e: Introduce recovery mode support

On Fri,  3 May 2019 16:09:39 -0700, Jeff Kirsher wrote:
> From: Alice Michael <>
> This patch introduces "recovery mode" to the i40e driver. It is
> part of a new Any2Any idea of upgrading the firmware. In this
> approach, it is required for the driver to have support for
> "transition firmware", that is used for migrating from structured
> to flat firmware image. In this new, very basic mode, i40e driver
> must be able to handle particular IOCTL calls from the NVM Update
> Tool and run a small set of AQ commands.

What's the "particular IOCTL" you speak of?  This patch adds a fake
netdev with a .set_eeprom callback.  Are you wrapping the AQ commands
in the set_eeprom now?  Or is there some other IOCTL here?

Let me repeat my other question - can the netdev you spawn in
i40e_init_recovery_mode() pass traffic?

> These additional AQ commands are part of the interface used by
> the NVMUpdate tool.  The NVMUpdate tool contains all of the
> necessary logic to reference these new AQ commands.  The end user
> experience remains the same, they are using the NVMUpdate tool to
> update the NVM contents.

IOW to update FW users still need your special tool, but they can use
ethtool -f to.. change the app-specific (DPDK) parser profiles?  Joy :)

> Signed-off-by: Alice Michael <>
> Signed-off-by: Piotr Marczak <>
> Tested-by: Don Buchholz <>
> Signed-off-by: Jeff Kirsher <>

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