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Date:   Tue, 28 May 2019 21:52:07 -0700
From:   Richard Cochran <>
To:     Vladimir Oltean <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH net-next 0/5] PTP support for the SJA1105 DSA driver

On Wed, May 29, 2019 at 02:56:22AM +0300, Vladimir Oltean wrote:
> Not all is rosy, though.

You can sure say that again!
> PTP timestamping will only work when the ports are bridged. Otherwise,
> the metadata follow-up frames holding RX timestamps won't be received
> because they will be blocked by the master port's MAC filter. Linuxptp
> tries to put the net device in ALLMULTI/PROMISC mode,


> but DSA doesn't
> pass this on to the master port, which does the actual reception.
> The master port is put in promiscous mode when the slave ports are
> enslaved to a bridge.
> Also, even with software-corrected timestamps, one can observe a
> negative path delay reported by linuxptp:
> ptp4l[55.600]: master offset          8 s2 freq  +83677 path delay     -2390
> ptp4l[56.600]: master offset         17 s2 freq  +83688 path delay     -2391
> ptp4l[57.601]: master offset          6 s2 freq  +83682 path delay     -2391
> ptp4l[58.601]: master offset         -1 s2 freq  +83677 path delay     -2391
> Without investigating too deeply, this appears to be introduced by the
> correction applied by linuxptp to t4 (t4c: corrected master rxtstamp)
> during the path delay estimation process (removing the correction makes
> the path delay positive).

No.  The root cause is the time stamps delivered by the hardware or
your driver.  That needs to be addressed before going forward.


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