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SubjectRe: [PATCH net-next 1/2] net: phy: sfp: make the i2c-bus property really optional
Hi Andrew,

On Thu, May 17, 2018 at 02:41:28PM +0200, Andrew Lunn wrote:
> On Thu, May 17, 2018 at 10:29:06AM +0200, Antoine Tenart wrote:
> > The SFF,SFP documentation is clear about making all the DT properties,
> > with the exception of the compatible, optional. In practice this is not
> > the case and without an i2c-bus property provided the SFP code will
> > throw NULL pointer exceptions.
> >
> > This patch is an attempt to fix this.
>
> How usable is an SFF/SFP module without access to the i2c EEPROM? I
> guess this comes down to link speed. Can it be manually configured?
>
> I'm just wondering if we want to make this mandatory? Fail the probe
> if it is not listed?

Yes, the other option would be to fail when probing a cage missing the
i2c description. I'd say a passive module can work without the i2c
EEPROM accessible as it does not need to be configured. I don't know
what would happen with active ones.

So the question is, do we want to enable partially working SFP cages
(ie. probably working with only a subset of SFP modules)?

Thanks!
Antoine

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Antoine Ténart, Bootlin (formerly Free Electrons)
Embedded Linux and Kernel engineering
https://bootlin.com

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