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Date:   Sat, 17 Oct 2020 20:17:09 +0200
From:   Ard Biesheuvel <>
To:     Andrew Lunn <>
Cc:     Ilias Apalodimas <>,
        "open list:BPF JIT for MIPS (32-BIT AND 64-BIT)" 
        <>, Willy Liu <>,
        "David S. Miller" <>,
        Jakub Kicinski <>,
        Sasha Levin <>,
        Florian Fainelli <>,
        Heiner Kallweit <>,
        Masahisa Kojima <>
Subject: Re: realtek PHY commit bbc4d71d63549 causes regression

On Sat, 17 Oct 2020 at 20:11, Ard Biesheuvel <> wrote:
> On Sat, 17 Oct 2020 at 20:04, Andrew Lunn <> wrote:
> >
> > > I have tried this, and it seems to fix the issue. I will send out a
> > > patch against the netsec driver.
> >
> > Please also fix the firmware so it does not pass rgmii.
> >
> > If there are pure DT systems, which do require phy-mode to be used, we
> > will need to revert your proposed change in order to make the MAC
> > driver work as it should, rather than work around the broken firmware.
> >
> What do you mean by 'pure' DT system? Only EDK2 based firmware exists
> for this platform, and it can be configured to boot either in DT or in
> ACPI mode. In both cases, it will pass the same, incorrect PHY mode,
> and in both cases, the firmware will already have configured the PHY
> correctly.
> So what I propose to do is drop the handling of the [mandatory]
> phy-mode device property from the netsec driver (which is really only
> used by this board). As we don't really need a phy-mode to begin with,
> and given that firmware exists in the field that passes the wrong
> value, the only option I see for passing a value here is to use a
> different, *optional* DT property (force-phy-mode or
> phy-mode-override) that takes the place of phy-mode. For ACPI boot,
> you will just need to fix your firmware if you are using a different
> PHY configuration.

... or add a property that makes 'phy-mode' take effect, and default
to ignoring it.

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