Handling of the e1000e bug

Nirbheek Chauhan nirbheek.chauhan at gmail.com
Thu Sep 25 16:51:18 PDT 2008

On Fri, Sep 26, 2008 at 4:59 AM, Jesse Keating <jkeating at redhat.com> wrote:
> On Thu, 2008-09-25 at 16:12 -0700, Donnie Berkholz wrote:
>> We added a warning to our git-sources kernel package (and soon
>> vanilla-sources), which people have to explicitly install 'testing'
>> versions of to use RC kernels:
>> "If your system utilizes the e1000e driver DO NOT install and run any
>> 2.6.27 kernel.  See bug #238489 for more information"
> The problem with such wide statements as this is that users of other
> distros will see the warning, and not trust the kernels offered, even
> though Fedora is flat disabling the module in our kernel offerings.
> Not sure how best to state that other than adding a "from the gentoo
> project" or make it "DO NOT use any e1000e module from 2.6.27 kernels".

The kernels to which those warnings have been added are "vanilla"
versions of the upstream kernel. git-sources gets the sources directly
from git, and vanilla-sources has the vanilla upstream kernel. These
kernels are not for general consumption (those are gentoo-sources).

People who use either of these kernels know that they're just getting
the raw upstream kernels in an convenient fashion. The kernels for
general consumption (gentoo-sources) don't have -rc releases, so this
problem does not apply to 99.9% of Gentoo testers/devs.

~Nirbheek Chauhan

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