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Bug#572785: debian-installer: bnx firmware image

reassign 572785 hw-detect 1.75

On Saturday 06 March 2010, Marc Haber wrote:
> when trying to install Debian from today's squeeze daily image on a hp
> ProLiant DL385G6, there are multiple images with the network interfaces,
> which are bnx2. It needs bnx2-mips-09-5.0.0.j3.fw and
> bnx2-rv2p-, and I had to bring them to the system in
> question on an USB stick.

How exactly did you bring them in? As loose files or using the relevant 
firmware deb? The best method, especially when subdirs are involved, is to 
simply have the deb available in the root dir of your USB stick.

Could you try if that does work correctly?

> - bnx2-mips-09-5.0.0.j3.fw files is is only found if in a bnx2/
> subdirectory.
> - If found, it is placed into /lib/firmware 
> - the driver expects it in /lib/firmware/bnx2 though
> - /lib/firmware/bnx2 is deleted during the "search for firmware" process

We currently don't really allow for copying files into subdirs. But it's 
still strange as I don't see anything in our code that would delete 
subdirectories under /lib/firmware, so I don't see how an existing subdir 
could disappear.

Can you run the install again in expert mode and, before you get to the 
hardware detection stage, add a 'set -x' in /bin/check-missing-firmware 
and then send the syslog (gzipped!)? This with only the loose firmware 
files on the USB stick of course.

You can do all this without destroying your existing install. Just make 
sure to abort the install before partitioning.

> I suspect that the DHCP process times out just in time to
> be successful without the installer noticing because the box in
> questions has 4 interfaces.

That's possible. You can tell the installer to use a longer timeout. See 
the installation guide for details.


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