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SubjectRe: [PATCH] r8169: Load MAC address from device tree if present
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On 29.01.2019 18:40, Thierry Reding wrote:
> On Fri, Jan 25, 2019 at 07:34:31PM +0100, Heiner Kallweit wrote:
>> On 25.01.2019 11:18, Thierry Reding wrote:
>>> From: Thierry Reding <treding@nvidia.com>
>>>
>>> If the system was booted using a device tree and if the device tree
>>> contains a MAC address, use it instead of reading one from the EEPROM.
>>> This is useful in situations where the EEPROM isn't properly programmed
>>> or where the firmware wants to override the existing MAC address.
>>>
>> I rarely see DT-configured boards with RTL8168 network. Do you add this
>> patch because of a specific board?
>> And you state "if EEPROM isn't properly programmed": Did you come across
>> such a case?
>
> We use these Realtek chips on some of our boards that customers can
> either purchase individually and integrate into their own designs or
> they can get the module as part of a product.
>
> In order to easily allow customers to reprogram the device (they may
> want to do that if integrating the module into their own products), a
> so-called ID EEPROM is part of the module that stores various bits of
> information. The ethernet MAC address is part of that EEPROM.
>
> Typically the ID EEPROM will contain a valid MAC address if the module
> is part of a product, but if customers purchase the module individually,
> it is expected that they use a MAC address from their own pool.
>
> Typically early boot firmware will load the MAC address from the EEPROM
> and store it in the ethernet device's device tree node so that the MAC
> address programmed into the ID EEPROM will be used by the ethernet
> device at runtime.
>
Thanks for the explanation.

>> In general the patch is fine with me, I just want to understand the
>> motivation. One further comment see inline.
>> As of today we already have the option to set a MAC from userspace
>> via ethtool.
>>
>>> Signed-off-by: Thierry Reding <treding@nvidia.com>
>>> ---
>>> Based on net-next.
>>>
>>> drivers/net/ethernet/realtek/r8169.c | 35 +++++++++++++++++-----------
>>> 1 file changed, 22 insertions(+), 13 deletions(-)
>>>
>>> diff --git a/drivers/net/ethernet/realtek/r8169.c b/drivers/net/ethernet/realtek/r8169.c
>>> index f574b6b557f9..fd9edd643ca5 100644
>>> --- a/drivers/net/ethernet/realtek/r8169.c
>>> +++ b/drivers/net/ethernet/realtek/r8169.c
>>> @@ -6957,6 +6957,21 @@ static int rtl_alloc_irq(struct rtl8169_private *tp)
>>> return pci_alloc_irq_vectors(tp->pci_dev, 1, 1, flags);
>>> }
>>>
>> [...]
>>> @@ -7252,20 +7268,13 @@ static int rtl_init_one(struct pci_dev *pdev, const struct pci_device_id *ent)
>>> u64_stats_init(&tp->rx_stats.syncp);
>>> u64_stats_init(&tp->tx_stats.syncp);
>>>
>>> - /* Get MAC address */
>>> - switch (tp->mac_version) {
>>> - u8 mac_addr[ETH_ALEN] __aligned(4);
>>> - case RTL_GIGA_MAC_VER_35 ... RTL_GIGA_MAC_VER_38:
>>> - case RTL_GIGA_MAC_VER_40 ... RTL_GIGA_MAC_VER_51:
>>> - *(u32 *)&mac_addr[0] = rtl_eri_read(tp, 0xe0, ERIAR_EXGMAC);
>>> - *(u16 *)&mac_addr[4] = rtl_eri_read(tp, 0xe4, ERIAR_EXGMAC);
>>> + /* get MAC address */
>>> + if (eth_platform_get_mac_address(&pdev->dev, mac_addr))
>>> + rtl_read_mac_address(tp, mac_addr);
>>> +
>>> + if (is_valid_ether_addr(mac_addr))
>>
>> Here array mac_addr may be uninitialized (if platform defines no MAC
>> and chip version is not covered by the switch statement).
>
> Good point. I can memset() mac_addr to make sure it is invalid, rather
> than undefined, for chip versions that are not covered.
>
An empty initializer would work as well.

> Thierry
>
Heiner

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