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Date:   Tue, 21 Jul 2020 19:08:35 +0530
From:   Vishal Kulkarni <vishal@...lsio.com>
To:     Andrew Lunn <andrew@...n.ch>
Cc:     netdev@...r.kernel.org, davem@...emloft.net, nirranjan@...lsio.com
Subject: Re: [PATCH net-next 0/4] cxgb4: add ethtool self_test support

On Monday, July 07/20/20, 2020 at 15:35:54 +0200, Andrew Lunn wrote:
> On Mon, Jul 20, 2020 at 11:58:37AM +0530, Vishal Kulkarni wrote:
> > On Friday, July 07/17/20, 2020 at 20:02:51 +0200, Andrew Lunn wrote:
> > > On Fri, Jul 17, 2020 at 07:17:55PM +0530, Vishal Kulkarni wrote:
> > > > This series of patches add support for below tests.
> > > > 1. Adapter status test
> > > > 2. Link test
> > > > 3. Link speed test
> > > > 4. Loopback test
> > > 
> > > Hi Vishal
> > > 
> > > The loopback test is pretty usual for an ethtool self test. But the
> > > first 3 are rather odd. They don't really seem to be self tests. What
> > > reason do you have for adding these? Are you trying to debug a
> > > specific problem?
> > > 
> > > 	 Andrew
> > Hi Andrew,
> > 
> > Our requirement is to add a list of self tests that can summarize if the adapter is functioning
> > properly in a single command during system init. The above tests are the most common ones run by
> > our on-field diagnostics team. Besides, these tests seem to be the most common among other drivers as well.
> > 
> > Hence we have added
> > 1. Adapter status test: Tests whether the adapter is alive or crashed
> > 2. Link test: Adapter PHY is up or not.
> > 3. Link speed test: Adapter has negotiated link speed correctly or not.
> 
> Hi Vishal
> 
> Knowing that the field team does this is useful. But i still don't see
> these as self tests.
> 
> From the man page:
> 
>        -t --test
>               Executes adapter selftest on the specified network
> 	      device. Possible test modes are:
> 
>            offline
>                   Perform full set of tests, possibly interrupting normal
> 		  operation during the tests,
> 
>            online Perform limited set of tests, not interrupting normal
> 	   operation,
> 
>            external_lb
>                   Perform full set of tests, as for offline, and additionally
> 		  an external-loopback test.
> 
> 
> Maybe a crashed adaptor could be considered a self test, but
> 
> 1) I expect nearly everything else is failing so it is pretty obvious
> 2) devlink health seems like a better API
> 
> The PHY is up or not is only partially to do with self. It has a lot
> to do with the link partner and the cable. Plus ip link show will tell
> you this.
> 
> 3) This actually sounds like a bug. Why would it of negotiated a link
> speed it cannot support? If you have non-overlapping sets of
> advertised link modes, i.e. there is no common mode to select, the
> link should remain down, but this is not an error. You can use ethtool
> to list both the local and peer advertised modes. You could also
> report this via the new link state properties Mellanox just added.
> 
>        Andrew

Hi Andrew,

Our requirement is to get overall adapter health from single tool and command.
Using devlink and ip will require multiple tools and commands.

-Vishal

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