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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH 0/3] Enable connecting DSA-based switch to the USB RMII interface.
On 21/04/15 10:30, Andrew Lunn wrote:
>> My goal in reworking this weird DSA device/driver model is that you
>> could just register your switch devices as an enhanced
>> phy_driver/spi_driver/pci_driver etc..., such that libphy-ready drivers
>> could just take advantage of that when they scan/detect their MDIO buses
>> and find a switch. We are not quite there yet, but some help could be
>> welcome, here are the WIP patches (tested with platform_driver only so far):
> We are hijacking another thread, but...
> I don't understand you here. Who calls dsa_switch_register()?

Any driver which is backing the underlying device, if this is a PCI(e)
switch, a pci_driver's probe function gets called, and then registers
with DSA a switch device, very much like this:

> I know of a board coming soon which has three switch chips on
> it. There is one MDIO device in the Soc, but there is an external MDIO
> multiplexor controlled via gpio lines, such that each switch has its
> own MDIO bus. The DT binding does not support this currently, but the
> underlying data structures do.
> How do you envisage dsa_switch_register() to work in such a setup?

I would envision something where we can scan all of these switches
individually using their respective device drivers, with the help of
Device Tree or platform_data, figure out which position in a
dsa_switch_tree they should have, and make sure that we create a
dsa_switch_tree which reflects that, taking probe ordering into account.
All of these switches would be phy_driver instances, like this:

We can keep discussing the details in a separate thread, I think that
would be useful.

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