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Date:   Wed, 19 Jan 2022 11:45:41 +0200
From:   Ido Schimmel <>
To:     Jakub Kicinski <>
Cc:     Michal Kubecek <>,
        "" <>,,
Subject: Re: ethtool 5.16 release / ethtool -m bug fix

On Tue, Jan 18, 2022 at 02:51:59PM -0800, Jakub Kicinski wrote:
> Hi Michal!
> Sorry to hasten but I'm wondering if there is a plan to cut the 5.16
> ethtool release? Looks like there is a problem in SFP EEPROM parsing
> code, at least with QSFP28s, user space always requests page 3 now.
> This ends in an -EINVAL (at least for drivers not supporting the paged
> mode).

Jakub, are you sure you are dealing with QSFP and not SFP? I'm asking
because I assume the driver in question is mlx5 that has this code in
its implementation of get_module_eeprom_by_page():

switch (module_id) {
	if (params->page > 0)
		return -EINVAL;

And indeed, ethtool(8) commit fc47fdb7c364 ("ethtool: Refactor
human-readable module EEPROM output for new API") always asks for Upper
Page 03h, regardless of the module type.

It is not optimal for ethtool(8) to ask for unsupported pages and I made
sure it's not doing it anymore, but I believe it's wrong for the kernel
to return an error. All the specifications that I'm aware of mandate
that when an unsupported page is requested, the Page Select byte will
revert to 0. That is why Upper Page 00h is always read-only.

For reference, see section 10.3 in SFF-8472, section 6.2.11 in SFF-8636
and section 8.2.13 in CMIS.

Also, the entire point of the netlink interface is that the kernel can
remain ignorant of the EEPROM layout and keep all the logic in user

> By the looks of it - Ido fixed this in 6e2b32a0d0ea ("sff-8636: Request
> specific pages for parsing in netlink path") but it may be too much code 
> to backport so I'm thinking it's easiest for distros to move to v5.16.

I did target fixes at 'ethtool' and features at 'ethtool-next', but I
wasn't aware of this bug.

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