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Date:   Mon, 20 May 2019 18:40:22 +0300
From:   Vladimir Oltean <>
To:     Russell King - ARM Linux admin <>
Cc:     "David S. Miller" <>,
        Andrew Lunn <>,
        Florian Fainelli <>,
        Heiner Kallweit <>,
        netdev <>,
Subject: Re: [PATCH net-next 0/4] phylink/sfp updates

On Mon, 20 May 2019 at 18:21, Russell King - ARM Linux admin
<> wrote:
> Hi,
> I realise that net-next probably isn't open yet, but I believe folk
> will find these patches "interesting" so I'm sending them to share
> them with people working on this code, rather than expecting them to
> be picked up this week.
> The first patch adds support for using interrupts when using a GPIO
> for link status tracking, rather than polling it at one second
> intervals.  This reduces the need to wakeup the CPU every second.
> The second patch adds support to the MII ioctl API to read and write
> Clause 45 PHY registers.  I don't know how desirable this is for
> mainline, but I have used this facility extensively to investigate
> the Marvell 88x3310 PHY.
> There have been discussions about removing "netdev" from phylink.
> The last two patches remove netdev from the sfp code, which would be
> a necessary step in that direction.

Hi Russell,

I've been working with Ioana to introduce a
phylink_create_raw/phylink_attach_raw set of function that work in the
absence of an attached_dev. It does not remove the netdev references
from the existing code, just guards the few places that needed that.
Then we plugged it into DSA (via a notifier block) and now phylink is
used for both the user and non-user ports. Next step is to make the
dpaa2-mac driver use this new API and send the patchset for review.
Hopefully that will happen tomorrow.


>  drivers/net/phy/phy.c     | 33 ++++++++++++++++++++--------
>  drivers/net/phy/phylink.c | 55 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++------
>  drivers/net/phy/sfp-bus.c | 14 +++++-------
>  include/linux/sfp.h       | 12 +++++++----
>  4 files changed, 86 insertions(+), 28 deletions(-)
> --
> RMK's Patch system:
> FTTC broadband for 0.8mile line in suburbia: sync at 12.1Mbps down 622kbps up
> According to 11.9Mbps down 500kbps up

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