v4.1.43 test build is available, was Re: Seeking Mac testers
On Mon, 3 Apr 2017, Stefan Niestegge wrote:
> Hi there,
> we tested this kernel today on a Performa 450 (aka LC3)
> ADB works nice, dmesg shows that the kernel detected our
> network card (Nubus Slot E, Mac LC Ethernet Adapter, Board_ID 0x2e)
> Its an "Asante" card, but ifconfig shows only loopback device.
> The modules had been unpacked beforehand.
> Is this expected behaviour?
I'm unsure what sort of network card you have there, but I may have found
an explanation for the regression you reported.
It turns out that the mac8390 and mac89x0 drivers will not probe for
devices unless the driver is a loadable module.
So in the latest build (v4.1.43) I've configured these two drivers as
modules. You can find the binaries on sourceforge:
You'll need to unpack the tar file and load the mac8390 and mac89x0
modules manually (or automatically via /etc/modprobe.conf or similar).
[The other NIC drivers (macsonic and macmace) remain built in to this
kernel binary as that allows you to avoid using an initrd and still boot
This bug needs to be fixed, but it requires that someone implement kernel
device model support for Nubus.
BTW, this should not be a problem for the kernel packages that Debian
builds, in which all NIC drivers are modular.
> Best regards,
> Stefan & Carsten