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SubjectRe: [PATCH stable-4.19.y] net: phy: reschedule state machine if AN has not completed in PHY_AN state
Hi Heiner,

On Sun, 31 May 2020 at 01:36, Heiner Kallweit <hkallweit1@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> On 30.05.2020 23:43, Vladimir Oltean wrote:
> > From: Vladimir Oltean <vladimir.oltean@nxp.com>
> >
> > In kernel 4.19 (and probably earlier too) there are issues surrounding
> > the PHY_AN state.
> >
> > For example, if a PHY is in PHY_AN state and AN has not finished, then
> > what is supposed to happen is that the state machine gets rescheduled
> > until it is, or until the link_timeout reaches zero which triggers an
> > autoneg restart process.
> >
> > But actually the rescheduling never works if the PHY uses interrupts,
> > because the condition under which rescheduling occurs is just if
> > phy_polling_mode() is true. So basically, this whole rescheduling
> > functionality works for AN-not-yet-complete just by mistake. Let me
> > explain.
> >
> > Most of the time the AN process manages to finish by the time the
> > interrupt has triggered. One might say "that should always be the case,
> > otherwise the PHY wouldn't raise the interrupt, right?".
> > Well, some PHYs implement an .aneg_done method which allows them to tell
> > the state machine when the AN is really complete.
> > The AR8031/AR8033 driver (at803x.c) is one such example. Even when
> > copper autoneg completes, the driver still keeps the "aneg_done"
> > variable unset until in-band SGMII autoneg finishes too (there is no
> > interrupt for that). So we have the premises of a race condition.
> >
> That's not nice from the PHY:
> It signals "link up", and if the system asks the PHY for link details,
> then it sheepishly says "well, link is *almost* up".
>

The copper-side link is 100% up. In my opinion this is actually abuse
of the .aneg_done API. Here's what the guy who added it had to say:

commit f62265b53ef34a372b657c99e23d32e95b464316
Author: Zefir Kurtisi <zefir.kurtisi@neratec.com>
Date: Mon Oct 24 12:40:54 2016 +0200

at803x: double check SGMII side autoneg

In SGMII mode, we observed an autonegotiation issue
after power-down-up cycles where the copper side
reports successful link establishment but the
SGMII side's link is down.

This happened in a setup where the at8031 is
connected over SGMII to a eTSEC (fsl gianfar),
but so far could not be reproduced with other
Ethernet device / driver combinations.

This commit adds a wrapper function for at8031
that in case of operating in SGMII mode double
checks SGMII link state when generic aneg_done()
succeeds. It prints a warning on failure but
intentionally does not try to recover from this
state. As a result, if you ever see a warning
'803x_aneg_done: SGMII link is not ok' you will
end up having an Ethernet link up but won't get
any data through. This should not happen, if it
does, please contact the module maintainer.

Signed-off-by: Zefir Kurtisi <zefir.kurtisi@neratec.com>
Signed-off-by: David S. Miller <davem@davemloft.net>

> Question would be whether the same happens with other SGMII-capable
> PHY's so that we need to cater for this scenario in phylib.
> Or whether we consider it a chip quirk. In the latter case a custom
> read_status() handler might do the trick too: if link is reported
> as up then wait until aneg is signaled as done too before reading
> further link details.
>
> And it's interesting that nobody else stumbled across this problem
> before. I mean the PHY we talk about isn't really new. Or is your
> use case so special?
>

No, my use case isn't special at all. Just using it in interrupt mode :)
Today we have the pcs_poll option in phylink (checking the in-band AN
status at PCS side and not at PHY side). But not all Ethernet drivers
have phylink. Actually I think there's no good place in phylib to do
this in-band AN status checking.

But my patch is rather minimal and makes things work in the way there
were intended at that time.

> > In practice, what really happens depends on the log level of the serial
> > console. If the log level is verbose enough that kernel messages related
> > to the Ethernet link state are printed to the console, then this gives
> > in-band AN enough time to complete, which means the link will come up
> > and everyone will be happy. But if the console is not that verbose, the
> > link will sometimes come up, and sometimes will be forced down by the
> > .aneg_done of the PHY driver (forever, since we are not rescheduling).
> >
> > The conclusion is that an extra condition needs to be explicitly added,
> > so that the state machine can be rescheduled properly. Otherwise PHY
> > devices in interrupt mode will never work properly if they have an
> > .aneg_done callback.
> >
> > In more recent kernels, the whole PHY_AN state was removed by Heiner
> > Kallweit in the "[net-next,0/5] net: phy: improve and simplify phylib
> > state machine" series here:
> >
> > https://patchwork.ozlabs.org/cover/994464/
> >
> > and the problem was just masked away instead of being addressed with a
> > punctual patch.
> >
> > Fixes: 76a423a3f8f1 ("net: phy: allow driver to implement their own aneg_done")
> > Signed-off-by: Vladimir Oltean <vladimir.oltean@nxp.com>
> > ---
> > I'm not sure the procedure I'm following is correct, sending this
> > directly to Greg. The patch doesn't apply on net.
> >
> > drivers/net/phy/phy.c | 6 ++++--
> > 1 file changed, 4 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)
> >
> > diff --git a/drivers/net/phy/phy.c b/drivers/net/phy/phy.c
> > index cc454b8c032c..ca4fd74fd2c8 100644
> > --- a/drivers/net/phy/phy.c
> > +++ b/drivers/net/phy/phy.c
> > @@ -934,7 +934,7 @@ void phy_state_machine(struct work_struct *work)
> > struct delayed_work *dwork = to_delayed_work(work);
> > struct phy_device *phydev =
> > container_of(dwork, struct phy_device, state_queue);
> > - bool needs_aneg = false, do_suspend = false;
> > + bool recheck = false, needs_aneg = false, do_suspend = false;
> > enum phy_state old_state;
> > int err = 0;
> > int old_link;
> > @@ -981,6 +981,8 @@ void phy_state_machine(struct work_struct *work)
> > phy_link_up(phydev);
> > } else if (0 == phydev->link_timeout--)
> > needs_aneg = true;
> > + else
> > + recheck = true;
> > break;
> > case PHY_NOLINK:
> > if (!phy_polling_mode(phydev))
> > @@ -1123,7 +1125,7 @@ void phy_state_machine(struct work_struct *work)
> > * PHY, if PHY_IGNORE_INTERRUPT is set, then we will be moving
> > * between states from phy_mac_interrupt()
> > */
> > - if (phy_polling_mode(phydev))
> > + if (phy_polling_mode(phydev) || recheck)
> > queue_delayed_work(system_power_efficient_wq, &phydev->state_queue,
> > PHY_STATE_TIME * HZ);
> > }
> >
>

Thanks,
-Vladimir

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