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Old 11-08-2007, 01:44 AM   #1
Misbah Naveed
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I follow this article to load the driver and it works fine.Using
lsmod command it can be seen with name ftsata2
but after booting system this module does not exist and i have to install it again and again...
please help me how can it be permenantly stay in module list. i am using RH Enterprise3 with kernel 2.6.9.

How to make driver for FastTrak & load it?

1.) Please ensure cc, the source compiler , version is above 3 by issuing Linux command :
# gcc -v
2.) Please ensure linux kernel source directory is "/usr/src/linux".
For SuSE EL9 platform, it always release its kernel source in /usr/src/linux-2.6.7-97.
Please make a link to the appropriate directory, for example:
# ln -s /usr/src/linux-2.6.7-97 /usr/src/linux

For RHEL4 platform, it always release its kernel source in /usr/src/kernels/2.6.9-5.EL.??? which ??? means various kernel images.

3.) Setup Kernel Compile Environment
For SuSE EL9, SuSE 10:
# cd /usr/src/linux/
# make mrproper
# cp arch/$(ARCH)/defconfig.??? .config
# Execute 'make' for a while about 5 sec. and then stop its execution. (Avoid below make menuconfig fail...)
# Execute 'make menuconfig' & exit with configuration save.
# Execute 'make' for a while about 10 sec. and then stop its execution.

For RHEL4:

[1]. $(ARCH) means architecture, which is i386 or x86_64.
[2]. ??? is options to make choose, default, smp and bigmem, depend on your booting image.

4.) Check /lib/modules/$(UTS_RELEASE)/build directy was linked properly to /usr/src/linux.
UTS_RELEASE is the current version of your booting image. You can get it by issuing Linux command :
#uname -r

5.) Goto directory where the PROMISE driver source was located.

5.) Issue Linux command to make FastTrak driver: ftsata2.o
#make clean
#make or #make all

6.) Load PROMISE driver
# modprobe -a sd_mod
# insmod ftsata2.ko or # insmod ftsata2.o

7.) You can copy this module to /lib/modules/$(UTS_VERSION)/kernel/drivers/scsi/ for automatic load when boot system.

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Old 11-08-2007, 04:59 AM   #2
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... sure, but if you put what was urgent in the title, you'd get faster attention.

I follow this article to load the driver and it works fine.
What article? Where? You mean... the instructions quoted below this?

FastTrak... you have a Promise, fake-HW raid controller huh? Better you don't use it in favour of linux software RAID (if you must have RAID). Software RAID is usually faster anyway.

# modprobe -a sd_mod
... just the modprobe should be sufficient.

The hack is to add the modprobe command to the bottom of /etc/rc.local ... then it will load on boot each time. BTW: you didn't need to build the module every time, just modprobe it.

7.) You can copy this module to /lib/modules/$(UTS_VERSION)/kernel/drivers/scsi/ for automatic load when boot system.
... what happened in this step?
Old 11-08-2007, 07:02 AM   #3
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I got here as fast as I could.

Sorry, can't help you, don't have a clue.

(waiting, with bated breath, for next thread entitled "Urgent")



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