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Old 11-10-2011, 09:56 PM
onlyjob
 
Default Bug#648286: ITP: r8168 -- Realtek r8168 device driver for Linux (DKMS version)

Thanks, Julien.

I see you've made r8168-source package as well - nice.
I will introduce support for module-assistant if we agree on package inclusion.

> I would second that as I have another problem with r8169 which doesn't
> support support resuming from suspend/hibernate. I've been using r8168 for a
> couple of weeks without any issue.
>
> I have even built a package for my own use [0] in case this can help.
>
> I will report a bug against r8169 as advised by Ben as soon as I find the
> time to clearly describe the issue.
>
> Cheers,
> Julien
>
> [0] http://git.kirya.net/?p=debian/r8168.git;a=summary


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Old 11-10-2011, 11:03 PM
Jeremy Allard
 
Default Bug#648286: ITP: r8168 -- Realtek r8168 device driver for Linux (DKMS version)

2011/11/10 onlyjob <onlyjob@gmail.com>

Thanks, Julien.



I see you've made r8168-source package as well - nice.

I will introduce support for module-assistant if we agree on package inclusion.



> I would second that as I have another problem with r8169 which doesn't

> support support resuming from suspend/hibernate. I've been using r8168 for a

> couple of weeks without any issue.

>

> I have even built a package for my own use [0] in case this can help.

>

> I will report a bug against r8169 as advised by Ben as soon as I find the

> time to clearly describe the issue.

>

> Cheers,

> Julien

>

> [0] http://git.kirya.net/?p=debian/r8168.git;a=summary





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BTW, I just want to say that using the r8168 driver correct the problem that I get with my network* card when I reboot directly in debian from windows, without closing the computer first. It's about the WOL thing that r8169 doesn't support well or something like that.
 
Old 11-12-2011, 05:04 PM
Patrick Matthäi
 
Default Bug#648286: ITP: r8168 -- Realtek r8168 device driver for Linux (DKMS version)

Am 10.11.2011 10:42, schrieb Dmitry Smirnov:
> Package: wnpp
> Severity: wishlist
> Owner: Dmitry Smirnov <onlyjob@member.fsf.org>
>
> * Package name : r8168-dkms
> Version : 8.026.00
> Upstream Author : Realtek Semiconductor Corp.
> * URL :
> http://www.realtek.com.tw/downloads/downloadsView.aspx?Langid=1&PNid=13&PFid=5&Level=5 &Conn=4&DownTypeID=3&GetDown=false
> * License : GPL-2+ (contains binary blobs)
> Programming Lang: C
> Description : Realtek r8168 device driver for Linux (DKMS version)
> r8168 is the Linux device driver released for RealTek RTL8168B/8111B,
> RTL8168C/8111C, RTL8168CP/8111CP, RTL8168D/8111D, RTL8168DP/8111DP, and
> RTL8168E/8111E Gigabit Ethernet controllers with PCI-Express interface.
> .
> This is to substitute built-in r8169 driver if it doesn't work well.

I just searched this thread in my MUA and notified that Andreas Beckmann
already filled an ITP on 20.09.2011 @ #642198

@Andreas and Dmitry:
You may cooperate on packaging or decide, who wants to maintain it in
the future.

@Ben:
I still think this driver should be added as alternative driver to the
archive, until r8169 will do its job for the promoted PCIIDs correctly.

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Old 11-13-2011, 01:08 PM
Andreas Beckmann
 
Default Bug#648286: ITP: r8168 -- Realtek r8168 device driver for Linux (DKMS version)

On 2011-11-12 19:04, Patrick Matthäi wrote:
> @Andreas and Dmitry:
> You may cooperate on packaging or decide, who wants to maintain it in
> the future.

I just revived my old ITP http://bugs.debian.org/642198
and tried to put my things in a git repository:
Only git://git.debian.org/~anbe-guest/r8168.git seems to work so far.

> @Ben:
> I still think this driver should be added as alternative driver to the
> archive, until r8169 will do its job for the promoted PCIIDs correctly.

One possible solution I see would be to upload r8168 to sid (or
experimental) and add a severity=serious bug "r8168 should not enter
testing - let's fix r8169 in the kernel instead" to prevent migration.
Documentation should include detailed instructions how to properly
report bugs for the in-kernel r8169 if it does not work (but r8168 does).

Do I see it correctly that this driver is to be classified as non-free?
The source code says "GPL2+", but 50% of the source lines is something like
mdio_write(tp, 0x1E, 0x0078);
making this look very 'blobby'.

Andreas


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Old 11-13-2011, 02:12 PM
Ben Hutchings
 
Default Bug#648286: ITP: r8168 -- Realtek r8168 device driver for Linux (DKMS version)

On Sun, 2011-11-13 at 15:08 +0100, Andreas Beckmann wrote:
> On 2011-11-12 19:04, Patrick Matthäi wrote:
> > @Andreas and Dmitry:
> > You may cooperate on packaging or decide, who wants to maintain it in
> > the future.
>
> I just revived my old ITP http://bugs.debian.org/642198
> and tried to put my things in a git repository:
> Only git://git.debian.org/~anbe-guest/r8168.git seems to work so far.
>
> > @Ben:
> > I still think this driver should be added as alternative driver to the
> > archive, until r8169 will do its job for the promoted PCIIDs correctly.
>
> One possible solution I see would be to upload r8168 to sid (or
> experimental) and add a severity=serious bug "r8168 should not enter
> testing - let's fix r8169 in the kernel instead" to prevent migration.
> Documentation should include detailed instructions how to properly
> report bugs for the in-kernel r8169 if it does not work (but r8168 does).
>
> Do I see it correctly that this driver is to be classified as non-free?
> The source code says "GPL2+", but 50% of the source lines is something like
> mdio_write(tp, 0x1E, 0x0078);
> making this look very 'blobby'.

Those sequences are reconfiguring the PHY, but some of them also patch
the PHY firmware. Compare with the in-tree version which uses
request_firmware() for the latter.

Ben.

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Old 11-13-2011, 02:59 PM
Patrick Matthäi
 
Default Bug#648286: ITP: r8168 -- Realtek r8168 device driver for Linux (DKMS version)

Am 13.11.2011 15:08, schrieb Andreas Beckmann:

On 2011-11-12 19:04, Patrick Matthäi wrote:

@Andreas and Dmitry:
You may cooperate on packaging or decide, who wants to maintain it in
the future.


I just revived my old ITP http://bugs.debian.org/642198
and tried to put my things in a git repository:
Only git://git.debian.org/~anbe-guest/r8168.git seems to work so far.


@Ben:
I still think this driver should be added as alternative driver to the
archive, until r8169 will do its job for the promoted PCIIDs correctly.


One possible solution I see would be to upload r8168 to sid (or
experimental) and add a severity=serious bug "r8168 should not enter
testing - let's fix r8169 in the kernel instead" to prevent migration.
Documentation should include detailed instructions how to properly
report bugs for the in-kernel r8169 if it does not work (but r8168 does).


I do not agree.
The package description and README should state, that it is an alternate
driver which should be used, if r8169 does not work.

It SHOULD enter wheezy as alternative, if r8169 is still buggy.

What should be handled by upstream and what should be fixed is outside
of this discussion and I am still available to sponsor the upload


But btw isn't http://code.google.com/p/r8168/ the better homepage for it?

Cheers


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Old 11-18-2011, 12:41 AM
Dmitry Smirnov
 
Default Bug#648286: ITP: r8168 -- Realtek r8168 device driver for Linux (DKMS version)

Hi Patrick, Julien

Since linux-image-3.1.0 arrived in unstable (many thanks Ben),
perhaps it would be nice if you could try it with your NIC so we learn
how well new r8169 work with your card.

Could you please provide some feedback?

Because r8168 qualifies for non-free I would like to have it there
only if none of r8169 works.
If working alternative available in newer kernels, we simply don't
need r8168 and this will suit Ben.

Thanks for http://code.google.com/p/r8168/ which seems to be right
upstream home page which I wasn't aware of.

I don't have problematic NIC so just like Andreas I can only test the
package but not the driver.

Regards,
Dmitry.


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