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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2 1/3] net: sfp: add workaround for Realtek RTL8672 and RTL9601C chips
On Thu, Jan 07, 2021 at 06:19:23PM +0100, Andrew Lunn wrote:
> Did we loose the comment:
> /* Some modules (Nokia 3FE46541AA) lock up if byte 0x51 is read as a
> * single read. Switch back to reading 16 byte blocks ...
> That explains why 16 is used. Given how broken stuff is and the number
> of workaround we need, we should try to document as much as we cam, so
> we don't break stuff when adding more workarounds.

It is _not_ why 16 is used at all.

We used to read the whole lot in one go. However, some modules could
not cope with a full read - also some Linux I2C drivers struggled with

So, we reduced it down to 16 bytes. See commit 28e74a7cfd64 ("net: sfp:
read eeprom in maximum 16 byte increments"). That had nothing to do
with the 3FE46541AA, which came along later. It has been discovered
that 3FE46541AA reacts badly to a single byte read to address 0x51 -
it locks the I2C bus. Hence why we can't just go to single byte reads
for every module.

So, the comment needs to be kept to explain why we are unable to go
to single byte reads for all modules. The choice of 16 remains
relatively arbitary.

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