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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH 0/3] Enable connecting DSA-based switch to the USB RMII interface.
On Wed, Apr 22, 2015 at 04:14:33PM +0000, Jan Kaisrlik wrote:
> 2015-04-21 17:51 GMT+00:00 Florian Fainelli <f.fainelli@gmail.com>:
> > On 21/04/15 10:39, Andrew Lunn wrote:
> >>>> I would however say that sysfs is the wrong API. The linux network
> >>>> stack uses netlink for most configuration activities. So i would
> >>>> suggest adding a netlink binding to DSA, and place the code in
> >>>> net/dsa/, not within an MDIO driver.
> >>>
> >>> I suppose we could do that, but that sounds like a pretty radical change
> >>> in how DSA is currently configured (that is statically at boot time),
> >>> part in order to allow booting from DSA-enabled network devices (e.g:
> >>> nfsroot).
> >>
> >> We would keep both DT and platform device. But statically at boot does
> >> not work for a USB hotpluggable switch!
> >
> > Is the switch really hotpluggable, or it is the USB-Ethernet adapter
> > connecting to it? If the former, then I agree, if not, I would imagine
> > that there is nothing that prevents creating the switch device first,
> > and wait for its "master_netdev" to show up later before it starts doing
> > anything useful?
> > --
> > Florian
>
> Thank you for your quick and helpful answers.
>
> The goal of this project is to extend embeded modules without integreted
> MII to add possibility to connect ethernet switch.
>
> Current version of switch is hotplugable but this feature is not required.
> In my humble opinion, hotplugable switch seems to be pretty interesting idea.

Hi Jan

Thanks for the extra information.

I don't know this USB device. Can you change the product:vendor ID?
Could you imply from the USB product:vendor ID what the DSA
configuration is? So have a wrapper driver around the asix driver
which installs a dsa platform device and then instantiates the asix
driver? That eliminates all your DSA changes, no need for a user space
API, etc.

Andrew


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