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Date:   Fri, 2 Oct 2020 04:13:05 +0000
From:   Chris Packham <Chris.Packham@...iedtelesis.co.nz>
To:     Andrew Lunn <andrew@...n.ch>
CC:     Russell King <linux@...linux.org.uk>,
        "vivien.didelot@...il.com" <vivien.didelot@...il.com>,
        Florian Fainelli <f.fainelli@...il.com>,
        netdev <netdev@...r.kernel.org>,
        "linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org" <linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org>
Subject: Re: dsa: mv88e6xxx: serdes link without phy


On 2/10/20 1:36 am, Andrew Lunn wrote:
>>> Can you run 1000Base-X over these links?
>> With some reading "1000base-x" does seem the right thing to say here.
>> It's even what is reflected in the CMODE field for those ports.
> One more thing you might need is
>
> managed = "in-band-status";
>
>>> If you can, it is probably
>>> worth chatting to Russell King about using inband-signalling, and what
>>> is needed to make it work without having back to back SFPs. If i
>>> remember correctly, Russell has said not much is actually needed.
>> That'd be ideal. The sticking point seems to be allowing it to have no PHY.
> I think there is more to it than that. This is new ground to some
> extent.

managed = "in-band-status"; helps to convince things that there isn't a 
PHY. I need to update mv88e6xxx_mac_link_up to not force the link when 
mode == MLO_AN_INBAND.

I also have a problem with mv88e6xxx_serdes_pcs_get_state expecting 
mv88e6xxx_serdes_get_lane() to return a lane number. Implementing 
mv88e6xxx_serdes_get_lane() for the mv88e6097 causes a lot of other code 
paths to trigger which didn't before. I think I'm close to getting 
something sensible working for my hardware but I'm off on leave for a 
week so I just wanted to get this out before I go.

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