aac tool regressions on 7.0-RC1

Scott Long scottl at samsco.org
Wed Jan 2 10:13:02 PST 2008

Ed Maste wrote:
> On Wed, Jan 02, 2008 at 10:19:15AM -0500, Vivek Khera wrote:
>> On Jan 2, 2008, at 3:54 AM, Mike Andrews wrote:
>>>  Command Error: <The miniport device driver is too old to work with  
>>> the current AFAAPI.DLL.>
>> In my experience, this was caused by the firmware rev of the adaptec  
>> card.  Basically, the combination of FreeBSD, amd64, and Adaptec RAID  
>> cards is a bad thing for production systems, and IMO should be avoided.
> In this case it's caused by driver changes obtained from Adaptec's
> vendor driver.  The original poster found that it broke at a specific
> time which suggested some specific changes that could be at fault.
> Aaccli doesn't support Adaptec's latest cards, isn't maintained by them
> any longer, and should be deprecated.  Arcconf is the tool that will be
> supported now, although it does show the behaviour mentioned (hanging
> after producing the desired output).  Adaptec is aware of the issue but
> I don't have any information on a fix.

I assume that the use of the newcomm interface by the driver is what
triggers the failure of the application.

> I'm not aware of any reason to avoid Adaptec RAID cards specifically on
> amd64 now; there were a number of problems in the past but they should
> be addressed now.

The driver has been very solid on 64-bit platforms for many, many years.
It was one of the first drivers to support PAE and amd64.  However, the
application support for the hardware has been more tricky than on i386,
and application support is vital these days.


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