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RE: Grub-0.95-diskless-patch-1 (Etherboot-5.3.8)

From: Feng Shuo
Subject: RE: Grub-0.95-diskless-patch-1 (Etherboot-5.3.8)
Date: Tue, 22 Jun 2004 11:08:02 +0800


Some tg3 cards are very slow in dhcp (maybe it's a bug in driver), and
someone reported that it didn't work right in the environment with more than
one dhcp servers. ---- I don't know how to fix them now, for these codes are
just the same as Etherboot :-( ---- I call them two as 'dhcp probe bug' :-)

There are also problems in PCI PnP mechanic of diskless patch on some blade
servers and IBM R series notebooks. They have buggy PCI BOIS which may lead
grub to probe the NIC as a Realtek 8139 :-(. That always drive me crazy for
GRUB is not an OS and dose not have such complex PnP support to fix that
error ---- it just hang up :-(.

About the VMWare, I think I can fix the bug soon ---- the same driver works
fine in etherboot.

And, there are also a lot of compiling warnings, which are caused by the
different compiling parameter between GRUB and Etherboot. I'll fix them with
the VMWare bug :-)

Now I have four types of cards: 3c90x/rtl8139/eepro100/e1000, every patch
will be tested on each of the four cards before release. I am sure that at
least these four drivers work in any patch.

Feng Shuo

-----Original Message-----
From: Yoshinori K. Okuji [mailto:address@hidden 
Sent: Monday, June 21, 2004 7:51 PM
To: address@hidden; Feng Shuo
Subject: Re: Grub-0.95-diskless-patch-1 (Etherboot-5.3.8)

On Monday 21 June 2004 10:30, Feng Shuo wrote:
>       Many thanks to Hans-Peter Jansen, our diskless patch for Grub 0.95
> released, which is based on the etherboot-5.3.8 drivers:


>       The patch only contains the latest drivers. Some bug fixes (such as
> bugs in VMWare and dhcp probe) will be handled in later versions. :-)

What do you mean by "dhcp probe"? I don't care about VMWare since it's 
proprietary, but dhcp support is quite important.

Probably what makes me hesitating to apply your patch is that I don't 
know the status of your patch very well. Could you summarize all 
problems you know in your patch?


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