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SubjectRe: [PATCH 3/4] atl1: Main C file for Attansic L1 driver
On Mon, 20 Nov 2006 14:35:10 -0500
Jeff Garzik <> wrote:

> Stephen Hemminger wrote:
> > Using common MII code is good, but one problem with the existing MII code is that
> > it doesn't work when device is down. This makes it impossible to set speed/duplex
> > before device comes up.
> That's not true at all. drivers/net/mii.c uses caller-provided locking
> in all cases, and there is nothing that prevents the common code from
> being called when the interface is down.
> You are probably thinking about all the netif_running() checks found in
> the drivers, particularly in the ->begin() hook.
> Jeff

Yeah it is a driver specific thing. All users of mii seem to block changes so
I thought it was in base code.

Stephen Hemminger <>
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