W: Possible missing firmware ???.fw.bin?? for module ??????.ko

Harald Hoyer harald at redhat.com
Thu Nov 5 12:47:52 UTC 2009

On 11/05/2009 01:40 PM, Adam Pribyl wrote:
> On Thu, 5 Nov 2009, Adam Williamson wrote:
>> On Thu, 2009-11-05 at 00:17 -0600, Robert G. (Doc) Savage wrote:
>>> Installing : kernel-
>>> W: Possible missing firmware aic94xx-seq.fw for module aic94xx.ko
>>> W: Possible missing firmware ql8100_fw.bin for module qla2xxx.ko
>>> This laptop may be a horse (quad cores), but it's not at all in the same
>>> league as workstations/servers needing fibre channel cards to access SAN
>>> storage. Why does this kernel seem to *expect* these files to be there,
>>> then raise warnings when it doesn't find them? It seems to me the
>>> overhelming majority of machines on which this kernel might be installed
>>> would never have a need for a fiber channel card.
>> It's not the kernel warning, AIUI, it's dracut. It just prints a warning
>> for _any_ module in the initrd it's building that looks like it needs
>> firmware which is not present. And because we build universal initrds by
>> default with dracut, these modules go in even if they're not needed on
>> your hardware.
>> That's my understanding of the issue, anyway.
> Exactly. I was asking about this few weeks ago. When the kernel-firmware
> package lags behind the kernel update, then dracut prints this warning.
> Me and Dave Jones voted for those warning to go under debug option only
> (see thread "dracut speed and kernel version"). Seems it is either in
> the queue, forgoten or Harald decided to not put them under debug.

It's in the queue.. just waited a little bit for more to fix

>> --
>> Adam Williamson
> Adam Pribyl

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