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Date:   Mon, 20 Jul 2020 17:26:00 +0100
From:   Russell King - ARM Linux admin <>
To:     Ioana Ciornei <>
Cc:     Andrew Lunn <>,
        Florian Fainelli <>,
        Heiner Kallweit <>,
        Vladimir Oltean <>,
        Claudiu Manoil <>,
        Alexandru Marginean <>,
        "" <>,
        "" <>,
        "David S. Miller" <>,
        Jakub Kicinski <>,
        "" <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH RFC net-next 12/13] net: phylink: add struct phylink_pcs

On Mon, Jul 20, 2020 at 03:50:57PM +0000, Ioana Ciornei wrote:
> On 6/30/20 5:29 PM, Russell King wrote:
> > Add a way for MAC PCS to have private data while keeping independence
> > from struct phylink_config, which is used for the MAC itself. We need
> > this independence as we will have stand-alone code for PCS that is
> > independent of the MAC.  Introduce struct phylink_pcs, which is
> > designed to be embedded in a driver private data structure.
> > 
> > This structure does not include a mdio_device as there are PCS
> > implementations such as the Marvell DSA and network drivers where this
> > is not necessary.
> > 
> > Signed-off-by: Russell King <>
> Reviewed-by: Ioana Ciornei <>
> I integrated and used the phylink_pcs structure into the Lynx PCS just 
> to see how everything fits. Pasting below the main parts so that we can 
> catch early any possible different opinions on how to integrate this:
> The basic Lynx structure looks like below and the main idea is just to 
> encapsulate the phylink_pcs structure and the mdio device (which in some 
> other cases might not be needed).
> struct lynx_pcs {
>         struct phylink_pcs pcs;
>         struct mdio_device *mdio;
>         phy_interface_t interface;
> };
> The lynx_pcs structure is requested by the MAC driver with:
> struct lynx_pcs *lynx_pcs_create(struct mdio_device *mdio)
> {
> (...)
>         lynx_pcs->mdio = mdio;
>         lynx_pcs->pcs.ops = &lynx_pcs_phylink_ops;
>         lynx_pcs->pcs.poll = true;
>         return lynx_pcs;
> }
> And then passed to phylink with something like:
> phylink_set_pcs(pl, &lynx_pcs->pcs);
> For DSA it's a bit less straightforward because the .setup() callback 
> from the dsa_switch_ops is run before any phylink structure has been 
> created internally. For this, a new DSA helper can be created that just 
> stores the phylink_pcs structure per port:
> void dsa_port_phylink_set_pcs(struct dsa_switch *ds, int port,
>                               struct phylink_pcs *pcs)
> {
>         struct dsa_port *dp = dsa_to_port(ds, port);
>         dp->pcs = pcs;                                         but I do
> }
> and at the appropriate time, from dsa_slave_setup, it can really install 
> the phylink_pcs with phylink_set_pcs.
> The other option would be to add a new dsa_switch ops that requests the 
> phylink_pcs for a specific port - something like phylink_get_pcs.

It is entirely possible to set the PCS in the mac_prepare() or
mac_config() callbacks - but DSA doesn't yet support the mac_prepare()
callback (because it needs to be propagated through the DSA way of
doing things.)

An example of this can be found at:

where we choose between the XLGMAC and GMAC pcs_ops structures
depending on the interface mode we are configuring for.  Note that
this is one of the devices that the PCS does not appear as a
distinctly separate entity in the register set, at least in the
GMAC side of things.

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