Description of problem:
Trying to boot FC8 with an aic94xx based system, the aic94xx driver won't load because its firmware is not loaded.
Have verified that the firmware is present in /lib/firmware. Also verified that it can be loaded manually (by putting bash in the initrd).
What seems to happen is that nash-hotplug goes into an endless loop when it sees the firmware request. Putting ps into the initrd shows it to be eating up CPU cycles at roughly the same time as the wall clock.
Additionally, when the aic94xx firmware is loaded manually, the root device doesn't appear: Further evidence that nash-hotplug hasn't seen the device creation event.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
All the time
Steps to Reproduce:
1. boot with aic94xx as root
This situation in an initrd is almost impossible to debug because of the monolithic nature of nash. This boot system needs to be dumped in the nearest landfill where it belongs and standard system components (which are actually debuggable) used instead.
Just by way of illustration, the system will boot if I make debian mkinitramfs build the initrd. The ramdisk that does this, including bash and a host of nice debugging tools, is only 50% bigger than the RH/nash one.
What kernel are you using here?
The latest: 18.104.22.168-69.fc8
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