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SubjectRe: [PATCH 03/14] net: davicom: dm9000: allow to pass MAC address through mac_addr module parameter

> Am 12.02.2020 um 09:07 schrieb Geert Uytterhoeven <>:
> On Tue, Feb 11, 2020 at 11:25 PM Andrew Lunn <> wrote:
>> On Tue, Feb 11, 2020 at 10:41:20PM +0100, H. Nikolaus Schaller wrote:
>>> This is needed to give the MIPS Ingenic CI20 board a stable MAC address
>>> which can be optionally provided by vendor U-Boot.
>>> For get_mac_addr() we use an adapted copy of from ksz884x.c which
>>> has very similar functionality.
>>> Signed-off-by: H. Nikolaus Schaller <>
>> Hi Nikolaus
>> Please split these patches by subsystem. So this one patch needs to go
>> via netdev.
>>> +static char *mac_addr = ":";
>>> +module_param(mac_addr, charp, 0);
>>> +MODULE_PARM_DESC(mac_addr, "MAC address");
>> Module parameters are not liked.
>> Can it be passed via device tree? The driver already has code to get
>> it out of the device tree.
> Yep, typically U-Boot adds an appropriate "local-mac-address" property to the
> network device's device node, based on the "ethernet0" alias.
> However, the real clue here may be "vendor U-Boot", i.e. no support for the
> above?

Yes. It is a fallback solution like it is implemented for ksz884x.c to make it
work with existing (older) U-Boot installation.

Maybe I should better clarify this in the commit message for v2 (which goes
to netdev only).

BR and thanks,

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