[CentOS-virt] missing bnx2x firmware files in Xen4CentOS CentOS6 kernel 3.18.12-11

T.Weyergraf T.Weyergraf at virtfinity.de
Sun Jul 5 16:35:26 UTC 2015

Hi folks

As mentioned in the subject, kernel-3.18.12-11 is missing firmware files 
required to run Broadcom/Qlogic network cards, driven by bnx2x driver.
While in the source-rpm, there is a bnx2/bnx2x firmware tgz being 
applied during the rpm build, along with a patch adding these firmware 
files to firmware/Makefile, neither the tgz nor the patch contain the 
required firmware files. In 3.18, the driver bumped to version 
1.710.51-0, requiring the following firmware files/versions to work:

firmware:       bnx2x/bnx2x-e2-
firmware:       bnx2x/bnx2x-e1h-
firmware:       bnx2x/bnx2x-e1-

I helped myself by either copying the required firmware-files to the 
target-machines' /lib/firmware/bnx2x dir and ultimately by adding the 
files to the source-rpm along with a new Makefile patch and rebuilding 
the kernel rpms.

However, as bnx2x NICs seem quite commonplace these days, I suggest to 
fix this 'upstream'. If required, I can provide the (trivial) patch. I 
pulled the firmware-files from a CentOS 7 stock kernel.


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