Bug#54235: No ServRAID support at boot time
I'd like to have the ServeRAID support applied in standard
(or at least an alternate kernel to choose from) for the installation of
the Debian distribution. ServeRAID is a modified SCSI card from IBM that
does RAID. This gives the support for all the Netfinity Servers (IBM),
where the only present disks are on a ServeRAID card.
The current problem is that without this patch, the disks are not
available and the install is not possible :-( I have to install an IDE
hard disk to the machine, install a minimal debian system, patch the kernel,
reboot, copy the contents of the disk to the now recognized ServeRAID
disks, reboot, and then continue the install. This is really ugly.
Redhat (6.1), TurboLinux, Caldera, and Suse (6.2) already recognize this
card at boot time. Why not Debian ?
The option needs to be activated as kernel compiled-in, NOT as a module.
(It is the CONFIG_SCSI_IPS that should be set).
There are absolutely no modifications to be done to the boot-floppies
scripts. Unlike the Mylex DAC960, where you need to create a whole
stock of /dev/rd/*, the ServeRAID is really like SCSI card (so it uses
the standard /dev/sd*, but it doesn't work at all if the driver isn't
loaded :-)) with some more capabilities (only in hardware).
Note: My email seems to be changed, it is email@example.com, NOT firstname.lastname@example.org
-- System Information
Debian Release: potato
Kernel: Linux eurythro 2.2.13ext3 #6 SMP Mon Dec 13 18:39:10 CET 1999 i686
Versions of packages boot-floppies depends on:
ii ash 0.3.5-9 NetBSD /bin/sh
ii bison 1:1.28-5 A parser generator that is compati
ii debiandoc-sgml 1.1.38 DebianDoc SGML DTD and formatting
ii dpkg-awk 0.9.1 Gawk script to parse /var/lib/dpkg
ii file 3.28-1 Determines file type using "magic"
ii flex 2.5.4a-6 A fast lexical analyzer generator.
ii gcc 1:2.95.2-4 The GNU C compiler.
ii gettext 0.10.35-11.0.0 GNU Internationalization utilities
ii libc6-pic [glibc-pic] 2.1.2-11 GNU C Library: PIC archive library
ii libgd1g-dev 1.7.3-0.1 GD Graphics Library (development v
ii libi18n-langtags-perl 0.12-6 Perl module for dealing with RFC17
ii libnewt-dev 0.50-5.2 Developer's toolkit for newt windo
ii libpaperg 1.0.3-12.2 Library for handling paper charact
ii libpopt-dev 1.4-1 lib for parsing cmdline parameters
ii libwww-perl 5.47-1 WWW client/server library for Perl
ii lynx 2.8.2-4 Text-mode WWW Browser
ii m4 1.4-10 a macro processing language
ii make 3.78.1-2 The GNU version of the "make" util
ii makedev 2.3.1-35 Creates special device files in /d
ii man-db 2.3.10-69s Display the on-line manual.
ii perl-5.004 [perl5] 5.004.05-4.1 Larry Wall's Practical Extracting
ii perl-5.005 [perl5] 5.005.03-4.1 Larry Wall's Practical Extracting
ii pointerize 0.3 Internationalization utilities, ba
ii recode 3.5-1 Character set conversion utility.
ii slang1-pic 1.3.9-1 The S-Lang programming library, sh
ii tetex-bin 1.0.6-2 teTeX binary files
ii tetex-extra 1.0-5 extra teTeX library files
ii zlib1g-dev 1:1.1.3-5 compression library - development