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SubjectRe: [PATCH NET V5 2/2] net: hns: Use phy_driver to setup Phy loopback
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Hi, Andrew

On 2017/6/29 21:56, Andrew Lunn wrote:
>>> You only call dev_close() if the device is running. What if somebody
>>> runs the self test on an interface when it has never been opened? It
>>> looks like you will call phy_resume(). But since it has never been
>>> suspended, you could be in trouble.
>> Here is what I can think of:
>> 1. when the mac driver is first loaded, the phy has a default state. suspended?
>
> Nope. The PHY will only be suspended when you actually call
> phy_suspend.
>
>> 2. If user runs the self test after using 'ifconfig ethX down', then I suppose
>> phy is already suspended.
>
> Assuming the phy has at some point been up, after a down, it should be
> suspended.
>
> The key thing here is, phy_resume() can only be called after a
> successful phy_suspend(). Those are the power management rules, and
> the expectations of the drivers. Doing a resume without first doing an
> explicit suspend is asking for bad things to happen.
>
> You are having trouble because you are not using the API for what it
> was intended. Maybe you need to take a step back and look at the
> bigger picture of how self tests are being performed. Why do you need
> the dev_close()/dev_open()? Maybe
> netif_device_detach()/netif_device_attach() would be better?
> How do other drivers do self test?
>
Basically, when doing a loopback test, we put a skb in the tx ring, and
see if we can receive it in the rx ring. And We can't find other functions
that meets our requirement, except dev_close()/dev_open.

netif_device_detach only stop the stack from sending packet, napi_disable is
needed to stop the stack from receiving packet.
And after phy loopback test, netif_device_attach does not bring back the link.
Is there a way to bring back the link?

We still need to resume the phy after 'ifconfig ethX down'. Also how can I
tell the difference between phy being suspended after 'ifconfig ethX down'
and phy being not suspended after mac driver is first loaded?

It seems that ixgbe_ethtool in mainline kernel also use netif_tx_disable,
napi_disable and other hardware specific method to setup self test.
But newest ixgbe_ethtool code in github also use dev_close to do self test.

Any idea?

Best Regard
Yunsheng Lin

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