trying to build the OMSA kernel modules

Pauli Borodulin pauli.borodulin at
Tue Jul 5 14:48:40 CDT 2005

Heya again!

>> tman_dell at wrote:
>>> The modules are built by Dell and you only get the module binary.

> On Tue, 5 Jul 2005, Pauli Borodulin wrote:
>> This is not true, at least not for OMSA 4.3 and 4.4. Part of the driver
>> modules are distributed as source code, part in precompiled object files.
 >> [...]

Tomas Pospisek's Mailing Lists wrote:
> It looks like you are definitively making my day.... have you had any 
> success with 2.4 kernels? I seem to be unable to boot into 2.6 so far.

I have not tried it with 2.4 kernels because we only run the newer 2.6 
serie. Linux 2.6 has been working on our PE1850/2850 servers without 
problems for a half year now. It also has more decent drivers than the 
old 2.4. I'm not really that interested in figuring out how to get the 
OMSA modules compile with 2.4 kernel, but I can look into it if there's 
really no way for you to run 2.6.

What kind of problems did you have with Linux 2.6? All you need is to 
install Debian package "module-init-tools" and then compile & install 
new 2.6 kernel. I can provide you a generic PowerEdge 1850 kernel config 
for You can then add the extra drivers/features you need and 
just compile and install. Or, I can compile kernel for you 
using our generic PE1850 kernel config and also add the OMSA drivers to 
it -- I can then create a tar file of it and you just extract the file 
in the root directory and add entry to GRUB's menu.lst. You choose :-)

PS. Did you read my email about my "Dell OMSA 4.4 on Debian Sarge" 
documentation? I really recommend using my init.d script for loading the 
kernel modules instead that instsvcdrv script.

Pauli Borodulin <pauli.borodulin at>
Systems Analyst, tel. +358 3 3551 7892
Computer Centre / Room B4179
University of Tampere, Finland

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