Re: Compaq Smart2 Array
I use Compaq Proliants for my servers and have had to manually make the
necessary devices as SOP on fresh installations. Configuring the array
does nothing to solve this issue - the device files just aren't in the boot
After booting from the CD I Ctrl-Alt-F2 and get into the shell provided
(thank goodness for this or we'd be hosed). I then mkdir /dev/ida, cd into
it, and mknod b 72 0 c0d0, and mknod b 72 X c0d0pX (where X=[1-15]). After
that, I take a pre-compiled cpqarray.o module on a floppy, cp it to
/lib/modules/misc, do a depmod -a, modprobe, and lsmod (just to make
sure). After that you should be good to go for installation.
Afterward you'll need to have an kernel with the cpqarray module already
statically compiled in, copy that from floppy into /target/boot, ln -s
/target/boot /boot, ln -s /target/boot/bzImage /vmlinuz, /target/sbin/lilo
-C /target/etc/lilo.conf, and then reboot. Let the install process finish
up normally after reboot and then rebuild yourself a new kernel with
whatever other little gizmos you want to add in (making SURE that the
Compaq SmartArray module is statically compiled!).
Date: Tue, 03 Apr 2001 23:19:33 +0100
From: Lee Elliott <LeeE@spatial.freeserve.co.uk>
To: Nathan Ollerenshaw <email@example.com>,
Subject: Re: Compaq Smart2 Array
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Nathan Ollerenshaw wrote:
> the driver definately on there and the smart2 array controller is detected,
> but the debian installer doesn't find it after the keyboard configuration.
> It should be /dev/ida/c0d0 but opening an interactive shell and trying to
> find it, it's not there.
> Does anyone here have any experience with this?
> Nathan. (happily talking to himself ;)
> "There is more stupidity than hydrogen in
> the universe, and it has a longer shelf
> life." - Frank Zappa
Have you already configured the array? I've only had to install NT on
Compaqs but before I even start installing the OS I have to configure
the array controller i.e. tell it which spindles should be used for each
of the logical drives, and what raid mode to use for each logical
The Smart Array configuration utility is on the Compaq SmartStart CD -
Eric N. Valor
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