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Date:   Thu, 11 Aug 2022 10:07:17 +0200
From:   Csókás Bence <>
To:     Andrew Lunn <>,
        Richard Cochran <>
CC:     <>, Fugang Duan <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] fec: Restart PPS after link state change

On 2022. 08. 11. 4:05, Andrew Lunn wrote:
> On Wed, Aug 10, 2022 at 06:37:19PM -0700, Richard Cochran wrote:
>> On Thu, Aug 11, 2022 at 02:05:39AM +0200, Andrew Lunn wrote:
>>>> Yes. We use PPS to synchronize devices on a common backplane. We use PTP to
>>>> sync this PPS to a master clock. But if PTP sync drops out, we wouldn't want
>>>> the backplane-level synchronization to fail. The PPS needs to stay on as
>>>> long as userspace *explicitly* disables it, regardless of what happens to
>>>> the link.
>>> We need the PTP Maintainers view on that. I don't know if that is
>>> normal or not.
>> IMO the least surprising behavior is that once enabled, a feature
>> stays on until explicitly disabled.
> O.K, thanks for the response.
> Your answer is a bit surprising to me. To me, an interface which is
> administratively down is completely inactive. The action to down it
> should disable everything.

I think you are confusing two states here. This patch addresses the bug 
thatcauses the PPS to drop when the Ethernet link goes away. The 
interface remainsUP the whole time.

> So your answer also implies PPS can be used before the interface is
> set administratively up?

The PPS can already be used before the first link-up, but once it has 
acquired a link once, PPS no longer works without a link.

> 	Andrew

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