Handling of the e1000e bug

Donnie Berkholz dberkholz at gentoo.org
Fri Sep 26 14:42:26 PDT 2008

On 10:55 Fri 26 Sep     , Colin Guthrie wrote:
> Donnie Berkholz wrote:
> > On 16:29 Thu 25 Sep     , Jesse Keating wrote:
> >> On Thu, 2008-09-25 at 16:12 -0700, Donnie Berkholz wrote:
> >>> "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".
> > 
> > You probably wouldn't want 2.6.27 from anywhere else either if you have 
> > some strange desire for wired Internet access. Is that old-school these 
> > days?
> As Jesse pointed out, a Fedora 2.6.27 (or a Mandriva one!) is perfectly 
> safe as we've both disabled this module.
> He was more pointing out that your phrasing could do with a little 
> tweaking to make it either a) Apply specifically to gentoo or (IMO 
> better) b) Mention the module on the 2.6.27 kernel, so that the 
> Fedora/Mandriva/Whoever else disabled it 2.6.27 kernel does not apply to 
> the recommendation.

The warning does mention that module. That's the first half of it -- "If 
your system utilizes the e1000e driver." What am I missing here? You 
can't use the driver without the driver loaded.

> It's nothing super major, but the wording could be slightly better 
> (although I suspect that the in the context of the reader, this extra 
> information is most likely implied).

Right, and my point is that it's safe _and useless_ for anyone using the 
e1000e driver. Recommending against 2.6.27 for everyone using e1000e 
still makes perfect sense to me.


Donnie Berkholz
Developer, Gentoo Linux
Blog: http://dberkholz.wordpress.com
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