FreeBSD 5.4 and PERC 5i controller

Jay Aikat jaikat at
Tue Nov 6 09:49:12 PST 2007

Thanks.  It's very helpful to know for sure that it was never backported to 5.x 
    So, I'll stop looking for the driver for 5.x and look for other options to 
get this machine up and running with the DAG card.  Thanks.

Josh Paetzel wrote:
> On Tuesday 06 November 2007 11:17:24 am Jerry McAllister wrote:
>> On Tue, Nov 06, 2007 at 11:46:30AM -0500, Jay Aikat wrote:
>>> I am trying to install an Endace DAG card for traffic capture on a new
>>> machine with 8 drives installed using a PERC 5i controller.  Due to
>>> support limitations for the DAG software, I have to install FreeBSD 5.4
>>> on this machine.
>>> However, the install CD does not see any drives at all - my guess is
>>> FreeBSD 5.4 has no drivers for the PERC 5i controller.  Does anyone know
>>> a workaround for this?  Is there a PERC 5i driver available for FreeBSD
>>> 5.4? TIA for your responses.
>> I am guessing you are right.  5.4 is pretty old.
>> Is there any good reason you don't go to a more
>> modern version of FreeBSD?
>> ////jerry
> Yeah...and he mentions it in his email.  Did you read it?
> The driver you need (mfi) was never backported to 5.x  It was introduced in 
> FBSD 6.1-R  You might ask the author (Scott Long) how much work it would be 
> or why it was never backported.  It's possible it's trivial and it's possible 
> that it would require massive amounts of work.

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