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SubjectRe: [PATCH v5 2/5] net: macb: add support for sgmii MAC-PHY interface
On Tue, Jun 25, 2019 at 09:38:37AM +0000, Parshuram Raju Thombare wrote:
>
> >> >In which case, gem_phylink_validate() must clear the support mask when
> >> >SGMII mode is requested to indicate that the interface mode is not
> >> >supported.
> >> >The same goes for _all_ other PHY link modes that the hardware does not
> >> >actually support, such as PHY_INTERFACE_MODE_10GKR...
> >> If interface is not supported by hardware probe returns with error, so we don't
> >> net interface is not registered at all.
> >That does not negate my comment above.
> Sorry if I misunderstood your question, but hardware supports interfaces and based
> on that link modes are supported. So if interface is not supported by hardware,
> net device is not registered and there will be no phylink_validate call.
> If hardware support particular interface, link modes supported by interface
> are added to (not cleared from) supported mask, provided configs is not trying to limit
> data rate using GIGABIT_ENABLE* macro.

Why do you want to use phylink?

If you are only interested in supporting 10G PHYs, you don't need
phylink for that.

If you are interested in supporting SFPs as well, then using phylink
makes sense, but you need to implement your phylink conversion properly,
and that means supporting dynamic switching of the PHY interface mode,
and allowing phylink to determine whether a PHY interface mode is
supported or not.

However, with what you've indicated through our discussion, your MAC
does not support BASE-X modes, nor does it support 10GBASE-R, both of
which are required for direct connection of SFP or SFP+ modules.

The only phy link mode that you support which SFPs can make use of is
SGMII, and that will only be useful for copper SFPs configured for
SGMII mode. It basically means you can not use any fiber SFPs.

The only other way SFPs can be supported is via an intermediary PHY to
convert the MAC interface to BASE-X, SGMII or 10GBASE-R, and we don't
yet have support for that in mainline.

So, given that you seem unwilling to take on board my comments, and
your hardware does not appear support SFPs, I'm wondering what the
point of this conversion actually is.

As a result of our reviews, I've been improving the documentation for
phylink, so there has been some positives coming out of this - which
will hopefully help others to avoid the same mistakes.

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