[CentOS-virt] Xen4CentOS e1000e package

Johnny Hughes

johnny at centos.org
Thu Oct 9 12:42:56 UTC 2014

On 10/08/2014 11:41 AM, Karanbir Singh wrote:
> On 10/08/2014 07:43 AM, Pasi Kärkkäinen wrote:
>> On Tue, Oct 07, 2014 at 02:47:12PM -0500, Johnny Hughes wrote:
>>> On 10/07/2014 12:05 PM, George Dunlap wrote:
>>>> KB and I were looking at repositories to import into git.centos.org
>>>> recently, and we found the e1000e package -- a rebuild of the Intel
>>>> e1000 driver for the x4c kernel.
>>>> Does anyone know if this externally-build module is still necesssary
>>>> for Linux 3.10?  Or for Linux 3.14, which we're planning on moving to
>>>> at some point in the near future?
>>> It is required for some e1000e devices .. I started building it because
>>> several new Dell machines did not work with the driver in 3.4.x or
>>> 3.10.x kernels.
>>> Not sure why, but there were issues and this solved them, so I would say
>>> it is required.
>>> There is also in kernel mods to get newer bn* drivers as well that is
>>> patched into the 3.10.x kernel as patches.
>> Yeah it sucks a bit that the drivers aren't really up-to-date in the latest upstream kernels, or the LTS kernels :(
>> Basing the x4c kernel on the el7 kernel would give all those driver updates and maintenance "for free",
>> but the maintenance cost would be elsewhere, obviously..
>> I guess the x4c 3.14 kernel just needs to deal with certain amount of driver updates to keep the most common hardware working..
> are we willing to / able to - patch this into the kernel ?

If I was smart enough to patch that driver into the kernel it would
already be there :)  (I did patch in new drivers for bn*)

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