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SubjectRE: [PATCH] fsl/fman: remove of_node
> -----Original Message-----
> From: David Miller []
> Sent: Tuesday, October 03, 2017 2:05 AM
> To: Madalin-cristian Bucur <>
> Subject: Re: [PATCH] fsl/fman: remove of_node
> From: Madalin Bucur <>
> Date: Mon, 2 Oct 2017 13:31:37 +0300
> > The FMan MAC driver allocates a platform device for the Ethernet
> > driver to probe on. Setting pdev->dev.of_node with the MAC node
> > triggers the MAC driver probing of the new platform device. While
> > this fails quickly and does not affect the functionality of the
> > drivers, it is incorrect and must be removed. This was added to
> > address a report that DSA code using of_find_net_device_by_node()
> > is unable to use the DPAA interfaces. Error message seen before
> > this fix:
> >
> > fsl_mac dpaa-ethernet.0: __devm_request_mem_region(mac) failed
> > fsl_mac: probe of dpaa-ethernet.0 failed with error -16
> >
> > Signed-off-by: Madalin Bucur <>
> Is the DSA issue no longer something we need to be concerned
> about? If not, why? You have to explain this.

My patch removes the of_node that was set to a device that was not an
of_device, preventing duplicated probing of both the real of_device
and the "fake" one created through this assignment.

I understand that the DSA issue that triggered the initial change
was related to DSA finding the network devices using
of_find_net_device_by_node(), something that will not work for the
DPAA case where the netdevice does not have an of_node. I do not know
enough about DSA to come up with a solution for this problem now.
Andrew, Florian, can you please comment on this?


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