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Re: RFC: PHY Abstraction Layer II

To: Glen Turner <glen.turner@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: RFC: PHY Abstraction Layer II
From: Andy Fleming <afleming@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 9 Jun 2005 16:32:18 -0500
Cc: Stephen Hemminger <shemminger@xxxxxxxx>, Netdev <netdev@xxxxxxxxxxx>, Kumar Gala <kumar.gala@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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On Jun 5, 2005, at 15:29, Glen Turner wrote:

Operationally, it would be very useful if the PHY printed the physical interface detail when detected (1000Base-LX, etc).

I was thinking that it would be easier for the ethernet driver to do this in the adjust_link() function, since it's going to need to track when these things change, anyway. But if the general consensus is that it should be in the generic code, I can see about adding it there.

Also, it would be nice to be able to retrieve PHY data independent of the interface status (eg, to retrieve asset serial numbers, GBIC make/models, etc).

I'm not sure what you mean, here. The driver can use phy_read/write to get/set information anytime it wants.

Andy Fleming

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