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SubjectRequest for suggestion on net device re-naming/re-ordering based on DT alias
Hi,

We've had some users requesting control over net device name order
when multiple ethernet devices are present on a system. I've tried a
few solutions to this and looked it up on forums. But I apologize if
I have missed something.

I know that the current system allocates eth<n> as per probe order
but that is obviously not stably controlled by user (tried DT
re-ordering and defer probe). One solution is to use DT alias names
to write to (net_device)->name as follows:
Devicetree:
aliases {
ethernet0 = &mac1;
ethernet1 = &mac0;
};
Driver probe:
+ /* Read ethernet DT alias id and assign to right device name*/
+ id = of_alias_get_id(np, "ethernet");
+ if (id < 0) {
+ dev_warn(&pdev->dev, "failed to get alias id (%u)\n", id);
+ return id;
+ }
+ snprintf(dev->name, sizeof(dev->name), "eth%d", id);
+

These three drivers seem to have something similar for mdio/phy bus IDs:
drivers/net/ethernet/broadcom/genet/bcmmii.c:409: id =
of_alias_get_id(dn, "eth");
drivers/net/ethernet/samsung/sxgbe/sxgbe_platform.c:43: plat->bus_id =
of_alias_get_id(np, "ethernet");
drivers/net/ethernet/stmicro/stmmac/stmmac_platform.c:404:
plat->bus_id = of_alias_get_id(np, "ethernet");

Drawback: This approach will break if alias is not provided for one
of the interfaces on board. Not to mention, there could be systems
with multiple ethernet makes (for ex. Cadence macb and Xilinx axienet)
If one of the drivers does not have an alias read mechanism, it is
possible to have clashing ID assignments. Is there any way this
solution can be changed to be stable/acceptable?

One other alternative I've tried is netdev kernel bootargs but this
device name was not being picked by the kernel:
https://www.kernel.org/doc/html/v4.19/admin-guide/kernel-parameters.html
netdev= <mac1’s interrupt id>, <mac1’s base address>, eth0
netdev=<mac0’s interrupt id>, <mac0’s base address>, eth1

Could you please suggest any alternatives?
Thanks!

Regards,
Harini

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