we are using i.mx25 processor with linux 2.6.31 for our product.
we need to get the fec PHY link status from user space for whenever change in the network cable like connection/removing.
we need to show it on my UI about network connection.
Please kindly give us the workaround to do that.
And sysfs interface also not updating the carrier value for connection and remove. it remains the same value only. value wont get changed.
we have used some utility like ethtool and mii-tool from userspace . it wont give the information about PHY link status.
SIOCGMIIPHY on 'eth0' failed: Operation not supported
no MII interfaces found
Settings for eth0:
No data available
what i need to do to done this?
This is high priority !!!
Any updates here at all? We are working on Linux kernel 2.6.35 with an i.mx53 (old, I know) and similarly are unable to detect a changing carrier state on plug/unplug. The value is constantly “1” for the /sys/class/net/eth0/carrier file
Does this require a kernel patch to support?
Using the “ifplugd” package also fails to detect changes in plugged state of Ethernet. So I think im needing to change something in the kernel but not sure where to start. Maybe the device tree somewhere? Ethernet works, as eth0 is brought UP during boot (regardless of cable being plugged in or not) but I want to be able to run dhcp after we’ve completed boot and randomly plug in a Ethernet cable
Any ideas would be great
I had a similar problem in imx28 board.
I want to get PHY Link status from user space when ever there is change in link status.
I am able to get the status by doing cat /sys/class/net/eth0/carrier.
But when i try opening this sysfs entry from my code ,i am not able to do so.It is giving error always.I even tried changing permissions of the sysfs entry.Not able to uderstand what the problem is .so please help me in reading the PHY status from userspace continously,so that i can handle my requirement with the status i get.
I will give you one workaround for your application.
As u tried, Get the status using cat command and write one script to writing the cat value to one local file for all the time and tried to read that file.
you can get the phy link status value.
hope it works fine.
Hi guru guru,
Thanks for replying.I actually tried with the script after i posted this.I am able to read it.I am working on some flashing procedure .
My actual requirement was restarting the whole flashing procedure when ever Link goes down in between flashing .i.e,due to some packet loss and so on. link stops and will be UP automatically but my flashing stops abruptly .so i want to restart when this happens.
Now the problem is i am able to restart above mentioned process when it fails once data is sent from my part and if link is down by reading the status.But when reception fails it is getting blocked in recv from() function and status cant be read though it fails.
so i am looking for some mechanism which can send me a signal from fec driver so that i can wakeup a process in userspace and kill the present running process and start new one.
Have you used ifup eth0 prior to using mii-tool? I do not know in detail how mii-tool communicates with the Ethernet PHY but it seems that eth0 is down and that’s why is sending that error.
On a 3.18-rc kernel:
If you unplug the cable then plug it again:
,as it incremented in the unplug then incremented again after plugging it.
By the way, this works exactly the same on my host Linux PC:
With Ethernet cable connected:
With Ethernet cable disconnected: