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SubjectRe: [PATCHv2 3/4] ethtool: Use the full 32 bit speed range in ethtool's set_settings
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On Wed, 2011-04-27 at 15:05 -0700, David Decotigny wrote:
> Hi,
>
> On 04/27/11 12:27, Ben Hutchings wrote:
> >> diff --git a/drivers/net/tulip/de2104x.c b/drivers/net/tulip/de2104x.c
> >> index b13c6b0..f8d26bf 100644
> >> --- a/drivers/net/tulip/de2104x.c
> >> +++ b/drivers/net/tulip/de2104x.c
> >> @@ -1549,10 +1549,11 @@ static int __de_set_settings(struct de_private *de, struct ethtool_cmd *ecmd)
> >> {
> >> u32 new_media;
> >> unsigned int media_lock;
> >> + u32 speed = ethtool_cmd_speed(ecmd);
> >>
> >> - if (ecmd->speed != SPEED_10 && ecmd->speed != 5 && ecmd->speed != 2)
> >> + if (speed != SPEED_10 && speed != 5 && speed != 2)
> >> return -EINVAL;
> >> - if (de->de21040 && ecmd->speed == 2)
> >> + if (de->de21040 && speed == 2)
> >> return -EINVAL;
> >> if (ecmd->duplex != DUPLEX_HALF && ecmd->duplex != DUPLEX_FULL)
> >> return -EINVAL;
> > [...]
> >
> > This implementation is absolute crap - it's using speed values as
> > mnemonics for different physical ports! Please change it to report and
> > accept only speed = 10. (Both get_settings and set_settings have to be
> > changed at the same time.)
>
> Well, I am really not sure about this. At first I thought you meant that
> these non standard throughputs were a weird way to switch between
> different ports because of some limitation in the ethtool API at the
> time the driver was written. But looking at the history, this behavior
> is there right from the very first revision of the driver checked in in
> v2.5.0.9
> (http://git.kernel.org/?p=linux/kernel/git/tglx/history.git;a=commit;h=b1507c9acd944c8703612c0e38ac580bf9064e8a),
> and the ports could be switched the normal way with ecmd->port.

ethtool was quite new then. It's not that surprising that people found
odd ways to implement the API - though a little surprising that Jeff did
so, since he was also maintaining ethtool...

> So this
> leads me to think that these speeds are actual speeds and make sense as
> such, they are not a work-around over some ancient ethtool API
> limitation.
[...]

If you care to dig out the datasheets for these chips (DEC 21040 and
21041) you'll see they support 10BASE-T, 10BASE-2 and 10BASE-5. There's
no such thing as 2M or 5M Ethernet (not counting 'wireless Ethernet').

Ben.

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Ben Hutchings, Senior Software Engineer, Solarflare
Not speaking for my employer; that's the marketing department's job.
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