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Date:   Fri, 16 Dec 2022 17:01:38 +0000
From:   "Russell King (Oracle)" <>
To:     Sean Anderson <>
Cc:     Andrew Lunn <>,
        Heiner Kallweit <>,,
        Paolo Abeni <>,
        Vladimir Oltean <>,, Jakub Kicinski <>,
        Tim Harvey <>,
        "David S . Miller" <>,
        Eric Dumazet <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH net-next v4 4/4] phy: aquantia: Determine rate adaptation
 support from registers

On Fri, Dec 16, 2022 at 11:48:51AM -0500, Sean Anderson wrote:
> When autonegotiation completes, the phy interface will be set based on
> the global config register for that speed. If the SERDES mode is set to
> something which the MAC does not support, then the link will not come
> up. To avoid this, validate each combination of interface speed and link
> speed which might be configured. This way, we ensure that we only
> consider rate adaptation in our advertisement when we can actually use
> it.
> The API for get_rate_matching requires that PHY_INTERFACE_MODE_NA be
> handled properly.

This is no longer true. phy_get_rate_matching() used to be called with
PHY_INTERFACE_MODE_NA in phylink_bringup_phy(), but that no longer
happens as we need to know whether rate matching will be used to avoid
breaking stuff. See commit 7642cc28fd37 ("net: phylink: fix PHY
validation with rate adaption").

The purpose of PHY_INTERFACE_MODE_NA in phylink_bringup_phy() was to
deal with PHYs which switch their MAC-facing interface mode, but we
know that if a PHY uses rate adaption, the assumption now is that it
won't switch its MAC-facing interface, which fixes a problem that
Tim Harvey was having with the rate adaption code - and I believe
you agreed with.

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