The aic94xx firmware has been removed from the upstream kernel. The ability to
load firmware at boot and install time is being added to RHEL5, so the firmware
here should be removed, and packaged outside of the kernel.
Created attachment 156391 [details]
Removes firmware, and adds loading support to aic94xx
This is a preliminary patch that I generated to remove the firmware from the
kernel, and add the loading support. These changes all came from upstream.
However, at the time I generated this, and still currently, I do not have a way
to test this, as the only system with an aic94xx device boots from it. There
have been two upstream patches to handle newer firmwares from Adaptec that are
not integrated in this.
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We support external firmware packaging in RHEL5, but not for certain in-box
kernel drivers at this stage. These can still be updated, using the driver
update program to replace the entire driver and firmware (which may be replaced
with an external firmware file, it need not be built into the driver any more)
in one go.
It is planned to address this ahead of the next major product release, and we
are also willing to discuss this issue further if it becomes very serious.