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Date:   Fri, 29 May 2020 11:03:28 +0200
From:   Petr Machata <petrm@...lanox.com>
To:     Andrew Lunn <andrew@...n.ch>
Cc:     Amit Cohen <amitc@...lanox.com>, mlxsw <mlxsw@...lanox.com>,
        "netdev\@vger.kernel.org" <netdev@...r.kernel.org>,
        "o.rempel\@pengutronix.de" <o.rempel@...gutronix.de>,
        Michal Kubecek <mkubecek@...e.cz>
Subject: Re: Link down reasons


Andrew Lunn <andrew@...n.ch> writes:

> It is called downshift. And we have support for it in the phylib core,
> if the PHY has the needed vendor register.
>
> https://elixir.bootlin.com/linux/v5.7-rc7/source/drivers/net/phy/phy-core.c#L341
> https://elixir.bootlin.com/linux/v5.7-rc7/source/drivers/net/phy/phy.c#L95

Thanks for the references.

> So in theory we could report:
>
> Link detected: yes (downshifted)
>
> Assuming your proposed API support a reason why it is up, not just a
> reason why it is down?

Michal Kubecek <mkubecek@...e.cz> writes:

> Perhaps we could use more general name than "link down reason", e.g.
> "extended state", and it could be reported even if the link is still up

All right, that makes sense to me. Let's make it extended state.

Thanks!

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