Dell/Redhat/tg3 problems Amit_Bhutani at
Wed Jan 22 20:32:00 CST 2003

That will be correct. 
2.4.18-19: latest "official" kernel errata from Red Hat. 
The ".7.x" and the ".8.x" are suffixes Red Hat is adding to differentiate
7.x and 8.x kernels.
So for example:  
If you are on a 7.x kernel, you want to upgrade to 2.4.18-19.7.x kernel
If you are on a 8.x kernel, you want to upgrade to 2.4.18-19.8.x kernel

The kernels Jeff Garzik posted (aragorn1 and aragorn2) are *not* official
errata. They are beta to the next official errata. They are not to be used
in a production environment. The purpose of downloading his kernels is to
run it in a test environment and see if it solves any of your problems as he
has put a bunch of fixes for the tg3 driver.

BTW, you can force an upgrade by using the --force switch with the rpm
command. Now you also mention about rpm-Uvh. My $0.02 on that - Stick with
rpm-ivh when it comes to kernels *especially* when volunteering to test beta

Hope this clarifies some of your questions.

Amit Bhutani
Linux Development Engineer

-----Original Message-----
From: Rechenberg, Andrew
To: Cris Rhea; linux-poweredge at
Sent: 1/22/2003 7:56 PM
Subject: RE: Dell/Redhat/tg3 problems

Those version numbers after the release refer to the release of Red Hat.

2.4.18-19.7.x  -  Use for Red Hat 7.x
2.4.18-19.8.0	Use for Red Hat 8.0


Someone from Red Hat please correct me if I am wrong, but that appears
to be the case with newer RPMS.

-----Original Message-----
From: Cris Rhea [mailto:crhea at] 
Sent: Wednesday, January 22, 2003 5:39 PM
To: linux-poweredge at
Subject: Dell/Redhat/tg3 problems

I'm missing something here....

I had already applied the latest kernel errata to my system before
I found out about the details of the tg3 driver problems.

The latest RH8.0 kernel eratta is kernel-smp-2.4.18-19.8.0.

A couple days ago, Mr. Garzik from RH posted that he had fixed drivers
for tg3 that were better than just switching to the bcm5700 driver.

On his web site (, he
says this is the latest kernel errata with his fixes installed.

BUT- his kernel is kernel-smp-2.4.18-19.7.aragorn1 (note that it's build

19.7, NOT 19.8 or 19.9).

Did he just mess up the build numbers (because his text file references
build 19.8)?

If it's truely a later build than 19.8, then shouldn't it be labeled
19.9 so we can rpm -Uhv xxxxxx??

What am I missing?

--- Cris

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