Problems with stable/9 and LSI controlers?

Dennis Glatting dg at
Tue Sep 10 19:35:11 UTC 2013

On Tue, 10 Sep 2013, Kenneth D. Merry wrote:

> On Tue, Sep 10, 2013 at 12:11:38 -0700, Dennis Glatting wrote:
>> On Tue, 10 Sep 2013, Kenneth D. Merry wrote:
>>> On Tue, Sep 10, 2013 at 11:21:02 -0700, Dennis Glatting wrote:
>>>> Today I updated several systems against stable/9 that had not bee updated
>>>> in ~five months. Two of the systems are serviced by LSI 2008 controllers
>>>> with a RAID1 array housing the operating system.
>>>> These systems no longer properly boot.
>>>> Specifically, they begin the boot process but bomb when they try to mount
>>>> root. Neither system sees the GPT partitions of the boot disk at the
>>>> "mountroot>" prompt. On one system I replaced the hard disks,
>>>> repartitioned, and reinstalled but the problem continued.
>>>> I don't see any mention of geom or controller update in UPDATING but I
>>>> know they have been updated because I saw their revisions fly actross my
>>>> screen during the svn update. Also, I am running IR vers 16 on my
>>>> controllers, which is the latest version of LSI firmware.
>>>> Is there some new action I have to take to sucessfully boot LSI disks
>>>> against the updated kernel?
>>> Can you try the mpslsi driver from LSI's web site and see if that works?
>>> If it does, then it is a problem we've introduced locally.
>> I'll give it a shot but just to be clear, I have been running the 16
>> firmware for months.
> The issue is very likely in the driver, not the firmware.  I'm just
> trying to figure out whether it broke in LSI's Phase 16 or in our
> additional changes in FreeBSD.
> In any case, I've reproduced the problem, and hopefully I'll know soon
> where the issue is.
> So don't worry about trying LSI's driver.  Just go back to the previous
> version of stable/9 that worked for you until we fix it.
> This only affects RAID volumes, not regular disks.


I downloaded the mpslsi.ko driver from LSI under r255451 and the system 
now boots.

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