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Re: alchemy/gpr: au1000_eth regression with v2.6.37rc2

To: Florian Fainelli <>
Subject: Re: alchemy/gpr: au1000_eth regression with v2.6.37rc2
From: Wolfgang Grandegger <>
Date: Fri, 19 Nov 2010 11:29:45 +0100
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Hello Florian,

On 11/18/2010 11:30 PM, Florian Fainelli wrote:
> Hello Wolfgang,
> Le Thursday 18 November 2010 20:59:15, Wolfgang Grandegger a écrit :
>> Hello,
>> I just realized that the v2.6.37-rc2 kernel does not boot any more on
>> the Alchemy GPR board. It works fine with v2.6.36. It hangs in the
>> probe function of the au1000_eth driver when probing the second
>> ethernet port (eth1):
>>   au1000_eth_mii: probed
>>   au1000-eth au1000-eth.0: (unregistered net_device): attached PHY driver
>> [Generic PHY] (mii_bus:phy_addr=0:00, irq=-1) au1000-eth au1000-eth.0:
>> eth0: Au1xx0 Ethernet found at 0x10500000, irq 35 au1000_eth: au1000_eth
>> version 1.7 Pete Popov <> ... hangs ...
>> Similar messages should follow for eth1. I narrowed down (bisect'ed) the
>> problem to commit:
>>   commit d0e7cb5d401695809ba8c980124ab1d8c66efc8b
>>   Author: Florian Fainelli <>
>>   Date:   Wed Sep 8 11:15:13 2010 +0000
>>     au1000-eth: remove volatiles, switch to I/O accessors
>>     Remove all the volatile keywords where they were used, switch to using
>> the proper readl/writel accessors.
>>     Signed-off-by: Florian Fainelli <>
>>     Signed-off-by: David S. Miller <>
>> The kernel actually hangs when accessing "&aup->mac->mii_control" in
>> au1000_mdio_read(), but only for eth1. Any idea what does go wrong?
> I do not understand so far while it hangs only for eth1. My device only has 
> one ethernet MAC, so I could not notice the problem. Looking at this close, 
> there are a couple of u32 const* usages in au1000_mdio_{read,write} which are 
> looking wrong to me now. Can you try to remove these?

That did not help.

>> In principle, I do not want to access the MII regs of the MAC because
>> eth0 and eth1 are connected to switches. But that's not possible, even
>> with "aup->phy_static_config=1" and "aup->phy_addr=0".
> If you think this is another issue, I will fix it in another patch.

Accessing the MII registers of the MAC should not hang the system even
if I do not need to. First I want to  understand why. Looks like a wired
optimizer issue.

BTW: why do you use readl() and writel() instead of the usual au_readl()
and au_writel() to access memory mapped cpu registers? It did not help,


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