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Date:   Thu, 4 Aug 2022 13:27:42 -0700
From:   Jakub Kicinski <>
To:     Andrew Lunn <>,
        Alexandra Winter <>
Cc:     David Miller <>,,, Heiko Carstens <>,
        Thorsten Winkler <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH net 1/2] s390/qeth: update cached link_info for ethtool

On Thu, 4 Aug 2022 15:08:11 +0200 Andrew Lunn wrote:
> On Thu, Aug 04, 2022 at 10:53:33AM +0200, Alexandra Winter wrote:
> > Thank you Andrew for the review. I fully understand your point.
> > I would like to propose that I put that on my ToDo list and fix
> > that in a follow-on patch to net-next.
> > 
> > The fields in the link_info control blocks are used today to generate
> > other values (e.g. supported speed) which will not work with *_UNKNOWN,
> > so the follow-on patch will be more than just 2 lines.  
> So it sounds like your code is all backwards around. If you know what
> the hardware is, you know the supported link modes are, assuming its
> not an SFP and the SFP module is not plugged in. Those link modes
> should be independent of if the link is up or not. speed/duplex is
> only valid when the link is up and negotiation has finished.

To make sure I understand - the code depends on the speed and duplex
being set to something specific when the device is _down_? Can this be
spelled out more clearly in the commit message?

> Since this is for net, than yes, maybe it would be best to go with a
> minimal patch to make your backwards around code work. But for
> net-next, you really should fix this properly. 

Then again this patch doesn't look like a regression fix (and does not
have a fixes tag). Channeling my inner Greg I'd say - fix this right and
then worry about backports later. 

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