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SubjectRe: [RFC net-next] of: mdio: Honor hints from MDIO bus drivers
On 04/11/2017 04:23 PM, Florian Fainelli wrote:
> On 04/11/2017 04:14 PM, Andrew Lunn wrote:
>>> To give some more background and rational for this change.
>>> On a platform where we have a parent MDIO bus, backed by the
>>> mdio-bcm-unimac.c driver, we also register a slave MII bus (through
>>> net/dsa/dsa2.c) which is parented to this UniMAC MDIO bus through an
>>> assignment of of_node. This slave MII bus is created in order to
>>> intercept reads/writes to problematic addresses (e.g: that clashes with
>>> another piece of hardware).
>>> This means that the slave DSA MII bus inherits all child nodes from the
>>> originating master MII bus. This also means that when the slave MII bus
>>> is probed via of_mdiobus_register(), we probe the same devices twice:
>>> once through the master, another time through the slave.
>> Ah, O.K. This makes more sense. On the hardware i have, we get three
>> deep in MDIO busses. We have the FEC mdio bus. On top of that we have
>> a gpio-mux-mdio, and on top of that we have the mv88e6xxx mdio
>> bus. And i've never seen issues.
>> So your real problem here is you have two mdio busses using the same
>> device tree properties. I would actually say that is just plain
>> broken.
> From a Device Tree/HW representation perspective, we do have the
> external BCM53125 switch physically attached to the 7445/7278
> SWITCH_MDIO bus (backed by mdio-bcm-unimac) so in that regard the
> representation is correct. There is also an integrated Gigabit PHY
> (bcm7xxx) which is attached to that bus.
> From a SW perspective though, we want to talk to the integrated Gigabit
> PHY using mdio-bcm-unimac but talk to the external BCM53125 switch using
> the slave MII bus created by the bcm_sf2 driver in order to create an
> isolation. We need to inherit some of the parent (mdio-bcm-unimac) child
> DT nodes (such as the BCM53125), but not the GPHY. The easiest solution
> I found was to use this patch.
> Using mdiobus_register() instead of of_mdiobus_register() was
> considered, but then, the child BCM53125 has no more "visbility" into
> the OF world at all, and it matters, because this switch is also driven
> via a DSA switch driver and its Ethernet data-path is connected to one
> port of the bcm_sf2 switch..
> Thankfully the HW bug was fixed eventually ;)

In fact, all I need is to flag the internal Gigabit PHY for the slave
MII bus node with something that makes it appear as "disabled" which I
can presumably do with of_update_property() and putting a status =
"disabled" property in there. Let me do something like that and see how
big of a hack this becomes.

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