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Subject[PATCH AUTOSEL 4.4 22/53] net: fec: Do not use netdev messages too early
From: Fabio Estevam <>

[ Upstream commit a19a0582363b9a5f8ba812f34f1b8df394898780 ]

When a valid MAC address is not found the current messages
are shown:

fec 2188000.ethernet (unnamed net_device) (uninitialized): Invalid MAC address: 00:00:00:00:00:00
fec 2188000.ethernet (unnamed net_device) (uninitialized): Using random MAC address: aa:9f:25:eb:7e:aa

Since the network device has not been registered at this point, it is better
to use dev_err()/dev_info() instead, which will provide cleaner log
messages like these:

fec 2188000.ethernet: Invalid MAC address: 00:00:00:00:00:00
fec 2188000.ethernet: Using random MAC address: aa:9f:25:eb:7e:aa

Tested on a imx6dl-pico-pi board.

Signed-off-by: Fabio Estevam <>
Signed-off-by: David S. Miller <>
Signed-off-by: Sasha Levin <>
drivers/net/ethernet/freescale/fec_main.c | 6 +++---
1 file changed, 3 insertions(+), 3 deletions(-)

diff --git a/drivers/net/ethernet/freescale/fec_main.c b/drivers/net/ethernet/freescale/fec_main.c
index ae8e4fc22e7b..0ee164d09f39 100644
--- a/drivers/net/ethernet/freescale/fec_main.c
+++ b/drivers/net/ethernet/freescale/fec_main.c
@@ -1699,10 +1699,10 @@ static void fec_get_mac(struct net_device *ndev)
if (!is_valid_ether_addr(iap)) {
/* Report it and use a random ethernet address instead */
- netdev_err(ndev, "Invalid MAC address: %pM\n", iap);
+ dev_err(&fep->pdev->dev, "Invalid MAC address: %pM\n", iap);
- netdev_info(ndev, "Using random MAC address: %pM\n",
- ndev->dev_addr);
+ dev_info(&fep->pdev->dev, "Using random MAC address: %pM\n",
+ ndev->dev_addr);

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