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Bug#54235: No ServRAID support at boot time

Package: boot-floppies
Version: 2.2.4
Severity: normal

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).

Luc Stepniewski
Note: My email seems to be changed, it is lstep@free.fr, NOT enlight@free.fr

-- System Information
Debian Release: potato
Architecture: i386
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 

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