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Old 01-11-2008, 10:02 PM
Les Mikesell
 
Default Wanted: FireWire testers

Jarod Wilson wrote:

If you're among those who have voiced concerns with the FireWire support in
Fedora, particularly in the audio/video area, please do try to test out the
latest rawhide kernels (2.6.24-0.149.fc7.git2.fc9 or later) and/or the
2.6.23.13 kernel working its way through koji right now[1].

For the most part, dvgrab should be functional with these kernels, on all but
Via VT630x chipsets in OHCI 1.0 mode[2]. IIDC video streaming (such as
coriander + libdc1394 v2) should be fully functional on all OHCI 1.0 and 1.1
FireWire controllers.

As yet untested with this latest kernel is FireWire video capture off a cable
box[3], but that's on my todo list for the weekend. (There's reason to believe
this might be working now with the addition of dynamic buffer allocation).

Additional feedback on other open FireWire bugs would be appreciated as
well[4][5]. Note that most of the enhancements added to the latest kernels are
on the a/v side, but I plan to start looking at storage more soon as well...


As a perhaps odd case, is it likely to be possible to build an initrd
containing the firewire driver and have firewire drives included in md
devices recognized and matched correctly during boot-up?


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Old 01-12-2008, 01:56 PM
Jarod Wilson
 
Default Wanted: FireWire testers

Les Mikesell wrote:
> Jarod Wilson wrote:
>> If you're among those who have voiced concerns with the FireWire
>> support in
>> Fedora, particularly in the audio/video area, please do try to test
>> out the
>> latest rawhide kernels (2.6.24-0.149.fc7.git2.fc9 or later) and/or the
>> 2.6.23.13 kernel working its way through koji right now[1].

Its built.

http://koji.fedoraproject.org/packages/kernel/2.6.23.13/106.fc8/

>> As yet untested with this latest kernel is FireWire video capture off
>> a cable
>> box[3], but that's on my todo list for the weekend. (There's reason to
>> believe
>> this might be working now with the addition of dynamic buffer
>> allocation).

Nope, still no dice. Will poke more soonish, I'm inclined to think its a
userspace issue...

> As a perhaps odd case, is it likely to be possible to build an initrd
> containing the firewire driver and have firewire drives included in md
> devices recognized and matched correctly during boot-up?

Should be doable, yes. If you've got a line in modprobe.conf of 'alias
scsi_hostadapterX firewire-sbp2' (for some value of X) and the array running
when you create your initrd, it *should* automagically include the necessary
modules in the initrd. I'd probably run mkinitrd -v by hand to see for sure.

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Old 01-13-2008, 01:06 AM
Andrew Farris
 
Default Wanted: FireWire testers

Jarod Wilson wrote:

Les Mikesell wrote:

Jarod Wilson wrote:

If you're among those who have voiced concerns with the FireWire
support in
Fedora, particularly in the audio/video area, please do try to test
out the
latest rawhide kernels (2.6.24-0.149.fc7.git2.fc9 or later) and/or the
2.6.23.13 kernel working its way through koji right now[1].


Its built.

http://koji.fedoraproject.org/packages/kernel/2.6.23.13/106.fc8/


As yet untested with this latest kernel is FireWire video capture off
a cable
box[3], but that's on my todo list for the weekend. (There's reason to
believe
this might be working now with the addition of dynamic buffer
allocation).


Nope, still no dice. Will poke more soonish, I'm inclined to think its a
userspace issue...


As a perhaps odd case, is it likely to be possible to build an initrd
containing the firewire driver and have firewire drives included in md
devices recognized and matched correctly during boot-up?


Should be doable, yes. If you've got a line in modprobe.conf of 'alias
scsi_hostadapterX firewire-sbp2' (for some value of X) and the array running
when you create your initrd, it *should* automagically include the necessary
modules in the initrd. I'd probably run mkinitrd -v by hand to see for sure.


I can confirm that the firewire-sbp2 driver will be included in initrd by kernel
installs with that alias present, and it works at least for my single external
firewire drive... I don't know about md devices though. It doesn't work
flawlessly, I have a problem with my drive causing some kernels not fail booting
(https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=349921) but I'm not sure if its the
hardware's fault or not on that one. But as the bug says once the kernel is
running access to the drive is fine.


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Old 01-13-2008, 06:43 AM
Andrew Farris
 
Default Wanted: FireWire testers

Andrew Farris wrote:

Jarod Wilson wrote:

Les Mikesell wrote:

Jarod Wilson wrote:

If you're among those who have voiced concerns with the FireWire
support in
Fedora, particularly in the audio/video area, please do try to test
out the
latest rawhide kernels (2.6.24-0.149.fc7.git2.fc9 or later) and/or the
2.6.23.13 kernel working its way through koji right now[1].


Its built.

http://koji.fedoraproject.org/packages/kernel/2.6.23.13/106.fc8/


I tried the koji kernel linked above and this boot panic problem I was having
seems to be fixed with that new kernel. If anyone has had issues with firewire
drives when booting kernels in F8 take a look at:


https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=428554

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Old 01-13-2008, 01:59 PM
Mike Chambers
 
Default Wanted: FireWire testers

On Sat, 2008-01-12 at 23:43 -0800, Andrew Farris wrote:

> >> Its built.
> >>
> >> http://koji.fedoraproject.org/packages/kernel/2.6.23.13/106.fc8/
>
> I tried the koji kernel linked above and this boot panic problem I was having
> seems to be fixed with that new kernel. If anyone has had issues with firewire
> drives when booting kernels in F8 take a look at:

I tried that kernel, it booted fine, but when it starting the x server,
going into gnome or whatever, it shows a weird jibberish display and
locks up hard, nothing works. You can boot to run level 3 and startx
locks it up. Hope this update isn't coming through testing/updates for
F8.

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Old 01-13-2008, 05:56 PM
Jarod Wilson
 
Default Wanted: FireWire testers

Mike Chambers wrote:
> On Sat, 2008-01-12 at 23:43 -0800, Andrew Farris wrote:
>
>>>> Its built.
>>>>
>>>> http://koji.fedoraproject.org/packages/kernel/2.6.23.13/106.fc8/
>> I tried the koji kernel linked above and this boot panic problem I was having
>> seems to be fixed with that new kernel. If anyone has had issues with firewire
>> drives when booting kernels in F8 take a look at:
>
> I tried that kernel, it booted fine, but when it starting the x server,
> going into gnome or whatever, it shows a weird jibberish display and
> locks up hard, nothing works. You can boot to run level 3 and startx
> locks it up. Hope this update isn't coming through testing/updates for
> F8.

Hrm... Nothing I added to that kernel should have any impact whatsoever on
X... I believe 104.fc8 or 105.fc8 did go into updates-testing though. Would
certainly be curious to hear if those *don't* cause the problem that 106.fc8
does, but I'd be quite surprised if the firewire update was the case.

FWIW, 106.fc8 runs without a problem on all of my boxes I've installed it on
thus far.

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Old 01-13-2008, 08:15 PM
Andrew Farris
 
Default Wanted: FireWire testers

Jarod Wilson wrote:

Mike Chambers wrote:

On Sat, 2008-01-12 at 23:43 -0800, Andrew Farris wrote:


Its built.

http://koji.fedoraproject.org/packages/kernel/2.6.23.13/106.fc8/
I tried the koji kernel linked above and this boot panic problem I was having
seems to be fixed with that new kernel. If anyone has had issues with firewire
drives when booting kernels in F8 take a look at:

I tried that kernel, it booted fine, but when it starting the x server,
going into gnome or whatever, it shows a weird jibberish display and
locks up hard, nothing works. You can boot to run level 3 and startx
locks it up. Hope this update isn't coming through testing/updates for
F8.


Hrm... Nothing I added to that kernel should have any impact whatsoever on
X... I believe 104.fc8 or 105.fc8 did go into updates-testing though. Would
certainly be curious to hear if those *don't* cause the problem that 106.fc8
does, but I'd be quite surprised if the firewire update was the case.

FWIW, 106.fc8 runs without a problem on all of my boxes I've installed it on
thus far.


I haven't seen 104 or 105 in updates-testing, and no kernel at all is in the
repo today. I will see if 104 and 105 both fix my firewire drive issue though.


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Old 01-17-2008, 09:47 AM
Hans de Goede
 
Default Wanted: FireWire testers

Jarod Wilson wrote:
Its built.

http://koji.fedoraproject.org/packages/kernel/2.6.23.13/106.fc8/



Works like like a charm over here!

Regards,

Hans

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