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SubjectRe: [PATCH] mvneta: implement SGMII-based in-band link state signaling
From: Florian Fainelli <>
Date: Thu, 02 Apr 2015 18:03:53 -0700

> On 02/04/15 17:51, David Miller wrote:
>> From: Stas Sergeev <>
>> Date: Tue, 31 Mar 2015 16:24:59 +0300
>>> @@ -2590,6 +2651,7 @@ static int mvneta_mdio_probe(struct mvneta_port *pp)
>>> static void mvneta_mdio_remove(struct mvneta_port *pp)
>>> {
>>> + fixed_phy_set_link_update(pp->phy_dev, NULL);
>> I do not see any other driver doing this on shutdown.
>> Please show me why it is necessary.
> The primary reason is that if you do not do that, past the point where
> you call phy_disconnect(), we stop the PHY state machine, detach from
> the net_device, such that it won't invoke the adjust_link callback
> anymore. The fixed PHY driver, though will still keep calling the
> fixed_link_update callback asking the driver whether the link parameters
> need to be updated, and that will just cause a NULL pointer de-reference
> phydev->attached_dev, since we are now in detached state.
> I guess another way to fix that is to look for the PHY state in
> fixed_mdio_read() and do nothing if it is PHY_HALTED.

Ok I'll apply this mvneta patch to net-next then, thanks.

>> And if it is, all other drivers registering a fixed phy link update
>> function need to be adjusted to do the same thing.
> I think the bcmgenet driver is now doing this as a result of Petri's
> latest changes, and I meant to comment on that before the patch got in.
> drivers/net/dsa/bcm_sf2.c has a similar construct but does not invoke
> phy_disconnect() nor can be rmmod'd, so a lesser issue.

I just seems insane to me that phy_disconnect() doesn't stop the
callbacks from running.

Fixed PHY seems to me to suffer from a lack of proper integration
into the PHY layer.

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