Description of problem:
iBFT info is not parsed properly by the iscsi_ibft module and hence the sysfs
does not export the target information to the /sys/firmware/ibft directories.
The result of this is that the installer will not be able to connect to the
iSCSI target automatically.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Patch that introduced this bug -
Steps to Reproduce:
1.Configure the NIC firmware to populate iBFT region with iSCSI target
information to connect to.
2.Start install of RHEL-5.2-Snapshot6.
3. Hint: Use the target iqn name given in the attachment config detail i.e.
1. The installer does not connect automatically to the target.
1. The installer should connect automatically to the target.
This is is a regression caused by the linux-2.6-firmware-ibft_iscsi-prevent-
misconfigured-ibfts.patch which does not calculate the eot_offset value
correctly and hence the kobject is not created properly for the target to be
exported via sysfs.
Created attachment 304241 [details]
Oops. I forgot to go the issue-tracker way. Pardon me for jumping to bugzilla
here. Creating issue-tracker for this.
Issue tracker id 177822 created for this issue.
Does Dell have a patch by any chance.
(In reply to comment #5)
> Does Dell have a patch by any chance.
Do we also have a Dell box for this? Does dell have the iscsi firmware on their
box or is this on a intel or broadcom card? If it is on a nic then we probably
do not need a dell box to replicate and test it here.
The issue does not require a Dell box. It just requires a particular iqn name
The issue is because of an offset calculatation error in the iscsi_ibft.c
code. Due to this error directory structure for the target
in /sys/firmware/ibft does not get created and so the initiator is unable to
connect to the target.
Note that this bug surfaced only with an name that had a short section at the
It did not surface when the iqn's had a longer section at the end.
So, the eot_offset was calculated such that an extra 48 bytes i.e. the size of
the ibft_header which has already been accounted was subtracted twice.
This was not evident with longer iqn names because they would overshoot the
total ibft length more than 48 bytes and thus would escape the bug.
Attaching the patch that fixes the issue.
I think upstream needs this fix as well.
Created attachment 308821 [details]
Patch to correct eot_offset calculation problem
Patch to correct eot_offset calculation problem.
Thanks for the explanation and patch! Adding devel ack for 5.3.
Created attachment 314468 [details]
Patch Signed-off-by: Shyam Kumar Iyer <firstname.lastname@example.org>
You can download this test kernel from http://people.redhat.com/dzickus/el5
Tested with the test kernel specified in comment#12.
iSCSI boot happened sucessfully with different iqn names including -
iqn.1984-05.com.dell:dell which used to cause the kernel panic earlier.
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