Dellomsa-drivers on Debian 2.4.26 kernel

Elwyn Malethan linux-poweredge at
Fri May 21 13:34:00 CDT 2004

Jim McLaughlin wrote:
> On Thu, 2004-05-20 at 15:56, Elwyn Malethan wrote:
>>Hi All,
>>I've seen discussions about dellomsa-drivers and other kernel versions. 
>>They were very helpful but I'm still in a fix. I am running kernel 
>>version 2.4.26 (see below uname output) with debian (woody) on a 
>>PowerEdge 6450.
> I did this awhile ago and I've missed two releases. The version I used
> was 4.71, which still works fine. I'm not sure what features 4.9 and
> 4.12 added, but they obviously depend on rh specific exports in the
> kernel. I opened up the 4.9 and 4.12 debs, and esm.o is built by
> compiling one source file and linking 34 object files included in the
> package. So it is not entirely true when it says it is building the
> drivers against the running kernel. I suspect the guy who built those
> debs was running a redhat kernel on debian. Until dell understands the
> benefits of opening the driver source, we can either do the same or run
> 4.71, which is what I am doing now.

Thanks Jim, I installed 4.71 with no problems. I don't know what 
features are in the subsequent versions either. What I don't know about 
won't bother me. Ta :)

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