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Old 02-09-2012, 08:12 AM
Mathieu Simon
 
Default Bug#659217: firmware-qlogic: Include updated Qlogic HBA firmware

Package: firmware-qlogic
Version: 0.35
Severity: wishlist

Dear Maintainer,

It would be good to have updated QLogic FC HBA firmware in the.
We're a bit behind with upstream especially with the ql2400 and
ql2500 HBA firmware.

The update.py pulls things from from upstream FTP albeit I believe
Qlogic has an even newer version on their ftp. (Due to vendor not
updating its CURRENT_VERSIONS file.

The script would update:
ql2300_fw.bin-3.03.27 -> ql2300_fw.bin-3.03.28
ql2322_fw.bin-3.03.27 -> ql2322_fw.bin-3.03.28
ql2400_fw.bin-4.04.05 -> ql2400_fw.bin-5.06.02
ql2500_fw.bin-4.04.05 -> ql2500_fw.bin-5.06.02

Firmware on top level (ftp://ftp.qlogic.com/outgoing/linux/firmware)
seems to be newer, reveals the head of the binary:

ql2400_fw.bin: [...] ISP24xx Firmware Version 5.06.03
ql2500_fw.bin: [...] ISP25xx Firmware Version 5.06.03

Why should the FW be updated:
Some array and switch vendors have compatibility lists and require
updated firmware on HBAs to allow support. The firware hasn't been
update for some time now.

I can test newer firmware on ql2400 based HBAs (i.e. QLA2460) if you
need a guinea pig.



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Old 02-11-2012, 06:44 PM
Ben Hutchings
 
Default Bug#659217: firmware-qlogic: Include updated Qlogic HBA firmware

On Thu, 2012-02-09 at 10:12 +0100, Mathieu Simon wrote:
> It would be good to have updated QLogic FC HBA firmware in the.
> We're a bit behind with upstream especially with the ql2400 and
> ql2500 HBA firmware.
>
> The update.py pulls things from from upstream FTP albeit I believe
> Qlogic has an even newer version on their ftp. (Due to vendor not
> updating its CURRENT_VERSIONS file.
>
> The script would update:
> ql2300_fw.bin-3.03.27 -> ql2300_fw.bin-3.03.28
> ql2322_fw.bin-3.03.27 -> ql2322_fw.bin-3.03.28
> ql2400_fw.bin-4.04.05 -> ql2400_fw.bin-5.06.02
> ql2500_fw.bin-4.04.05 -> ql2500_fw.bin-5.06.02
>
> Firmware on top level (ftp://ftp.qlogic.com/outgoing/linux/firmware)
> seems to be newer, reveals the head of the binary:
>
> ql2400_fw.bin: [...] ISP24xx Firmware Version 5.06.03
> ql2500_fw.bin: [...] ISP25xx Firmware Version 5.06.03
[...]
> Discovering that there is a linux-firmware git repo on
> kernel.org I saw that there are also some qlogic firmware
> binaries present but mostly even older than what is in
> upstream.
[...]
> Ben seems to be able to push into upstream repo, but Qlogic
> doesn't seem to care about this repository that much.
>
> Should kernel.org either update the binaries - or remove them
> to make it clear that Qlogic doesn't help in upstream?

Ideally, all firmware that may be requested by Linux drivers should be
available from the linux-firmware repository so that distribution
packagers can use that as their 'upstream'. Debian is gradually moving
towards that.

QLogic can assist with this by submitting patches for linux-firmware or
a pull request to me and David Woodhouse. I see that such a patch has
been provided for firmware for the NIC formerly known as NetXen at
<ftp://ftp.qlogic.com/outgoing/linux/NIC/Woodhouse/4.0.534/>.

Ben.

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