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Re: d-i install failure on Alpha

George France said the following:
As it has been discussed many times in the past, the qlogic isp driver is broken on the alpha architecture. Use the Feral driver.

I would be happy to for my custom compiles. It seems to apply clean to kernel-source-2.4.24 so I'll compile one and make sure it boots. But that still doesn't fix the d-i situation, unless someone starts including the feral driver in the Debian source tree. And the fact that it works in the vanilla tree seems to suggest something is broken in one of the trees to me. And it doesn't appear that any effort has been made to port it to 2.6, which will be a concern in the future.

I don't mean to beat this horse any more than necessary, but if there is a working driver shouldn't it be included in the Debian tree and images?

Best Regards,



On Wednesday 04 February 2004 20:14, Jim Crilly wrote:

In a previous message to debian-alpha I mentioned a problem with the
qlogicisp driver. The symptoms seem to show that when nothing is
connected to channel 0 on the card it 'hangs' the machine while it
infinitely retries to find a device on channel 0, id 0, lun 0 and never
moved on to channel 1. I have nothing on channel 0 because it has a
68-pin connector and all of the SCSI drives in that machine are 50-pin
which is what channel 1 is, it all I had to do was move a cable I would
have done that already but sadly it's not that simple.

The error message repeated over and over (about 1/second) is: "scsi :
aborting command due to timeout : pid 0, scsi0, channel0, id 0, lun 0,
Inquiry 00 00 00 ff 00"

Since I know that a pristine kernel.org 2.4.24 tree boots fine I
downloaded the kernel-source-2.4.24 package to compile it and see what
happened (the kernel-image-2.4.24-1-generic package gave me problems,
but that's a different issue) and when it booted it did the same thing
as the kernel on the d-i image. Like I also mentioned in the other email
I believe the problem appeared at 2.4.20 (i.e. 2.4.19 works fine). I
gave a quick look to the differences between the extract
kernel-source-2.4.24 and the kerne.org 2.4.24 trees but I didn't see
anything, but that's not surprising since my kernel development
knowledge is extremely thin.

For the record this is a Digital PWS600au with a QLogic "new isp1020
revision ID (5)" according to the 2.6.0-mm2 kernel driver, although SRM
'sho con' says 1040, not sure if that's important. If you need any more
information let me know.

Please CC me on any correspondence as I'm not subscribed to debian-boot.

As a side note, I was wondering if a 2.6 kernel would be an option for
d-i? I know 2.4 will most likely be the default but it would be nice to
have the option.


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