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Date:   Fri, 29 May 2020 18:02:32 +0100
From:   Russell King - ARM Linux admin <>
To:     Andrew Lunn <>
Cc:     Thomas Bogendoerfer <>,
        "David S. Miller" <>,
        Jakub Kicinski <>,,
Subject: Re: [PATCH net] net: mvpp2: Enable autoneg bypass for
 1000BaseX/2500BaseX ports

On Fri, May 29, 2020 at 06:25:04PM +0200, Andrew Lunn wrote:
> > I wonder how much risk there is to changing that, so we force the link
> > down if phylink says the link should be down, otherwise we force the
> > speed/duplex, disable AN, and allow the link to come up depending on
> > the serdes status.  It /sounds/ like something sane to do.
> Hi Russell
> I actually did this for mv88e6xxx in a patchset for ZII devel B. It
> was determining link based on SFP LOS, which we know is unreliable. It
> said there was link even when the SERDES had lost link.
> I did it by making use of the fixed-link state call back, since it was
> a quick and dirty patch. But it might make more sense for the MAC to
> call phylink_mac_change() for change in PCS state? Or add a PCS
> specific.

Correct.  In the early phylink versions, I did have sync state reported
from the PCS back to phylink, but as phylink didn't make use of it, I
removed it as it wasn't obvious how it should be used.

RMK's Patch system:
FTTC for 0.8m (est. 1762m) line in suburbia: sync at 13.1Mbps down 424kbps up

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