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SubjectRe: [PATCH net-next 1/2] net: phy: sfp: make the i2c-bus property really optional
On Thu, May 17, 2018 at 02:56:48PM +0200, Antoine Tenart wrote:
> 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.

Hi Antoine

I was thinking about how it reads the bit rate from the EEPROM. From
that it determines what mode the MAC could use, 1000-Base-X,
2500-Base-X, etc. Can you still configure this correctly via ethtool,
if you don't have the bitrate information?

Andrew

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