Created attachment 361961 [details]
modified version of Ethtool that supports flash f/w function
This patch adds support for the Upstream be2net related request_firmware()
needed in RHEL6. The patch is pending approval on netdev.
RHEL5.5 be2net driver patch is associated with bugzilla 515269.
In order to support the indistro driver model, the mechanism for communicating with the apps tools (ioctls) for fw download had to be removed. This is modified version of Ethtool that supports flash f/w function.
This patch must apply against the ethtool source in the src rpm :
The change is also submitted to netdev.
This bug will require that the following is backported to the RHEL5.5 kernel as well:
Author: Ajit Khaparde <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed Sep 2 17:02:55 2009 +0000
net/ethtool: Add support for the ethtool feature to flash firmware image from a specified file.
This patch adds support to flash a firmware image to a device using ethtool.
The driver gets the filename of the firmware image and flashes the image
using the request firmware path.
The region "on the chip" to be flashed can be specified by an option.
It is upto the device driver to enumerate the region number passed by ethtool,
to the region to be flashed.
The default behavior is to flash all the regions on the chip.
I'll take it.
Jay, how is this looking for 5.5? Haven't heard much lately.
BTW - The equiv. bug in RHEL 6.0 is bug 520481.
Ethtool can't be updated for RHEL5 since the kernel cannot change ethtool_ops without breaking kABI.
The decision was made to update the firmware by writing the filename to a sysfs file since ethtool will not work.