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Date:   Wed, 1 Jul 2020 08:47:58 +0000
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Subject: Re: [PATCH] of: of_mdio: count number of regitered phys

Hi Andrew, Florian,

On 30.06.2020 06:35, Florian Fainelli wrote:
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> On 6/29/2020 5:45 PM, Andrew Lunn wrote:
>> On Mon, Jun 29, 2020 at 10:26:36AM +0300, Claudiu Beznea wrote:
>>> In case of_mdiobus_register_phy()/of_mdiobus_register_device()
>>> returns -ENODEV for all PHYs in device tree or for all scanned
>>> PHYs there is a chance that of_mdiobus_register() to
>>> return success code although no PHY devices were registered.
>>> Add a counter that increments every time a PHY was registered
>>> to avoid the above scenario.
>> Hi Claudiu
>> There is a danger here this will break something. Without this patch,
>> an empty bus is O.K. But with this patch, a bus without a PHY is a
>> problem.
>> Take for example FEC. It often comes in pairs. Each has an MDIO
>> bus. But to save pins, there are some designs which place two PHYs on
>> one bus, leaving the other empty. The driver unconditionally calls
>> of_mdiobus_register() and if it returns an error, it will error out
>> the probe. So i would not be too surprised if you get reports of
>> missing interfaces with this patch.
> Agreed, the potential for breakage here is too high especially given
> this is fixing a hypothetical problem rather an an actual one. Even if
> we were taking this from the angle of power management, runtime PM
> should ensure that a MDIO bus with no slave, or no activity gets runtime
> suspended.

I understand your points. Thank you for taking time on reviewing this.

Claudiu Beznea

> --
> Florian

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