I've been fussing with this fine piece of hardware (Supermicro MB w/ LSI SAS1068e RAID controller) and have not been able to get the drivers to work w/ a trial install of RH EL 5 (2.6.18-92.el5). The OS is installed and happy on two SATA drives, but the RAID array--composed of my expensive SAS drives :-( --is invisible (fdisk doesn't list it).
I've got the RH 5 RPM available from LSI. (I tried Debian before without success [no luck building from source as guided by someone who knew how to do it] but I think I may have had the wrong version of the source--it built but the drivers wouldn't load.) I decided to try RH because there was an RPM available:
LSI's Downloads for 1068 controller
The latest stuff from LSI seems to be version 2.6.18-53 (loading the RPM apparently created several directories in /lib/modules) while the balance of the stuff in /lib/modules is under 2.6.18-92.el5 (I don't know if the version number in the paths to the drivers [2.6.18-53] means the kernel won't find them, but I'm assuming that might be so--I'm a DB guy so I'm beyond my knowledge here). The RPM loaded up fine but the /etc/init.d/fusion.mptctl service doesn't want to start (I get this error as part of the startup as well as when attempting manually it after bootup):
[root@superm]# /etc/init.d/fusion.mptctl start
Starting MPT Fusion (ctl) drivers: [FAILED]
Not sure what my next step should be.
How do I find any error log entry there may be? (Nothing seems to show up in /var/log/messages.)
Can I just copy the /lib/modules/2.6.18-53.el5 files into the /lib/modules/2.6.18-92.el5 directory (and maybe they'll work)?
Do I need to recompile from source for the particular kernel version I'm dealing with? (If so I'll have to find/hire someone to help with that!)
Any suggestions most gratefully accepted!