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Re: [PATCH] restoring tg3 driver to latest 2.6.5 source


   Thank you for distributing this patch. I have some IBM xSeries servers that 
also has a network card that uses the tg3 module (I don't know if it's the same 
card or not). I have them with a customized 2.6.3 kernel. This week I have 
tried to update to 2.6.5 in debian way, that is, make a deb from kernel-source 
package, but I couldn't.

   But I'm lost with the problem. I haven't followed any thread that could the 
origin of this problem. Can anybody clarify what the problem is?

Mensaje citado por Eric Sproul <esproul@ntelos.net>:

> Hi,
> First let me say that I'm not taking sides in the debate over binary
> firmware in kernel code.  I am not a developer, I'm just a user who
> needs functionality.  I'll leave it to real developers and various
> zealots to hammer out a final solution, but in the meantime, I need to
> get back to work.
> In that vein, I am attaching a patch that will restore the tg3 driver in
> 2.6.5, since it was removed by the kernel maintainer.  This patch
> contains modifications to drivers/net/Makefile and drivers/net/Kconfig,
> as well as the contents of drivers/net/tg3.[ch] from the kernel.org
> 2.6.5 source.  Apply this patch from /usr/src/kernel-source-2.6.5, and
> you can build your own kernel with this driver included.  You will need
> to add 'CONFIG_TIGON3=m' (or =y if you want it built-in) to the
> "Ethernet (1000 Mbit)" section of your .config along with whatever other
> changes you want to make.  With a little tweaking, this could probably
> be made to work on the 2.4.26 tree as well, using the tg3 source from
> kernel.org's 2.4.26 source.
> I did this because I need to run a current kernel on HP ProLiant DL
> servers.  The DL360 and DL380 models contain tg3-based Broadcom GbE NICs
> (aka "NC7781" on HP spec sheets) and if you run the current stock Debian
> kernel 2.6.5/2.4.26 you will not have network functionality.  If Sarge
> is released containing a kernel >=2.4.26 or >=2.6.5, it will not be
> fully installable/functional on these servers or any other board with a
> built-in tg3 chip.  If you rely on a tg3-based NIC you should be aware
> of this shortcoming.  I am not sure what other ProLiants have 
> Again, I'm not trying to start a flamewar or make a political statement,
> I'm just providing information that might help owners of machines with
> these NICs to get going again.
> Cheers,
> Eric Sproul

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