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Date:   Mon, 20 Jan 2020 21:35:13 +0100
From:   Heiner Kallweit <>
To:     Andrew Lunn <>
Cc:     Florian Fainelli <>,
        David Miller <>,
        Realtek linux nic maintainers <>,
        "" <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH net-next 0/2] net: phy: add generic ndo_do_ioctl handler

On 19.01.2020 23:28, Heiner Kallweit wrote:
> On 19.01.2020 21:50, Andrew Lunn wrote:
>>> Speaking for r8169:
>>> If interface is up and cable detached, then it runtime-suspends
>>> and goes into PCI D3 (chip and MDIO bus not accessible).
>>> But ndev is "running" and PHY is attached.
>> Hi Heiner
> Hi Andrew,
Hi Andrew

>> And how does it get out of this state? I assume the PHY interrupts
>> when the link is established. Is phylib handling this interrupt? If
>> so, when phylib accesses the MDIO bus, the bus needs to be runtime PM
>> aware. And if the bus is runtime PM aware, the IOCTL handler should
>> work, when the device is runtime suspended.  If the MAC is handling
>> this interrupt, and it is the MAC interrupt handler which is run-time
>> unsuspending, then the ioctl handler is not going to work unless it
>> also runtime unsuspends.
> The chip (wherever the magic happens) generates a PCI PME if WoL
> config includes detection of physical link-up. The PCI core then
> runtime-resumes the device.
> I'd prefer the ioctl to return an error here instead of e.g.
> 0xffff for a register read.
I checked a little further and indeed there's a need to check whether
net_device is present, but net core (dev_ifsioc) already does this
check before calling the ndo_do_ioctl handler. So we don't have to
do it in the handler again.

I saw that David applied my series already. So I'll send a follow-up
series that:
- renames phy_do_ioctl to phy_do_ioctl_running
- adds phy_do_ioctl (w/o check that netdev is running)
- converts users to phy_do_ioctl

>> 	Andrew
> Heiner

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