Gayn Winters gayn.winters at mail.bristolsystems.com
Fri Jul 1 22:47:38 GMT 2005


Thanks for the info.

Thus to get ICH6R supported on 5.4 I need to load 5.4R onto one drive,
apply the mk3 patch, recompile, reboot, build a release bootable CD,
shutdown, reset the hardware to RAID1, and reload from the new CD.  This
ought to work like it does using 6.0-CURRENT-SNAP004 (which I am now
happy with).  The suggestion below to avoid sysinstall and craft the
array by hand doesn't seem to use the hardware RAID1 supported by ICH6R.

1.  How exactly do I know when a patch (mk3 in this case) is in a
2.  If the above strategy makes sense, how can I get the latest mk3 for
3.  If I'm missing something, e.g. around sysinstall, what am I missing?
(Sakurada-san suggested using atacontrol create..   to build ar0 with a
degraded array (that I got to work), but if the above strategy works, I
think this won't be necessary, unless again I'm missing something!
4.  I'm leaning towards just using software RAID (gmirror) for this
system, which must be a production system when it is up. Both 5.4 and
6.0 look hopeless for different reasons. Thoughts on this?

Thanks for the help!


> -----Original Message-----
> From: "Dag-Erling Smørgrav" [mailto:des at des.no] 
> Sent: Thursday, June 30, 2005 4:03 AM
> To: Gayn Winters
> Cc: freebsd-hackers at freebsd.org
> Subject: Re: ICH6R RAID
> "Gayn Winters" <gayn.winters at mail.bristolsystems.com> writes:
> > Now man ata(4) indicates that only up to ICH5 is supported 
> in 5.4 while
> > up to ICH6 is supported in 6.0, but the hardware archives 
> indicate that
> > sos's MK3 patches made it into 5.4-RELEASE, and 6.0 "fully" 
> supports the
> > ICH6R.  However, I'm actually not sure the precise story here.
> 5.4 does not have MK3.
> > Has anyone out there actually booted FreeBSD using mirrored 
> SATA drives
> > with an ICH6R?  If so, how did you do it and what version 
> did you use?
> Nothing special.  I started out with a hand-rolled bootable livecd of
> -CURRENT with the MK3 patches when they first became available, and
> did a manual install (no sysinstall, fdisk + disklabel + newfs + tar)
> -- 
> Dag-Erling Smørgrav - des at des.no

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